The Water Vole, Microtus richardsoni, is the largest North American vole. It is found in the northwestern United States and southern parts of western Canada. This animal has been historically considered a member of genus Arvicola, but molecular evidence demonstrates that it is more closely related to North American Microtus species.These animals have gray-brown or red-brown fur with gray underparts. Their large hind feet help make them excellent swimmers. They are 25 centimetres (10 in) long, with an 8 centimetres (3 in) tail, and weigh about 110 grams (3.9 oz).
The Monarch (Danaus plexippus) is a milkweed butterfly (subfamily Danainae), in the family Nymphalidae. It is perhaps the best known of all North American butterflies. Since the 19th century, it has been found in New Zealand, and in Australia since 1871 where it is called the Wanderer. In Europe it is resident in the Canary Islands, the Azores, and Madeira, and is found as an occasional migrant in Western Europe. Its wings feature an easily recognizable orange and black pattern, with a wingspan of 8.9 10.2 centimetres (3 4 in). (The Viceroy butterfly has a similar size, color, and pattern, but can be distinguished by an extra black stripe across the hind wing.) Female Monarchs have darker veins on their wings, and the males have a spot called the "androconium" in the center of each hind wing from which pheromones are released. Males are also slightly larger. The Monarch is famous for its southward migration and northward return in summer in the Americas which spans the life of three to four generations of the butterfly.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The zebra caterpillar is the larva of an American noctuid moth (Melanchra picta or Ceramica picta) that feeds on cabbages, beets and other cultivated plants.The head, thorax and forewings of adults are chestnut- or reddish-brown, usually with purplish brown mottling on the wings. The whitish hind wings have pale brown margins. The abdomen is light gray. The wingspan is 35 to 40 mm (about 1-1/2 inches).The newly hatched larvae are whitish, marked by dark heads and several dark spots scattered over the body. The more mature caterpillars vary in color, often displaying bright and conspicuous hues, usually with prominent black and light yellow longitudinal stripes. The top stripe is black, the top-lateral stripe and the stripe below the spiracles are cream to bright yellow, and the spiracle stripe and bottom stripe are black and marked with numerous white lines and spots.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! In some cultures, the foot of a rabbit is carried as an amulet believed to bring good luck. This belief held by individuals in many parts of the world including Europe, China, Africa, and North and South America. It is likely that this belief has existed in Europe since 600 B.C. amongst celtic people living in Britain. In variations of this superstition, the donor rabbit must possess certain attributes, or have been killed in a particular place, or killed by a particular method, or by a person possessing particular attributes (e.g. by a cross-eyed man). The belief in North American Folklore may originate in the system of African-American folk magic known as hoodoo. A number of strictures attached to the charm that are now observed mostly in the breach: First, not any foot from a rabbit will do: it is the left hind foot of a rabbit that is useful as a charm. Second, not any left hind foot of a rabbit will do, the rabbit must have been shot or otherwise captured in a cemetery.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Zabulon Skipper, Poanes zabulon, (sometimes called the Southern Dimorphic Skipper) is a North American butterfly first described by the French naturalists Jean Baptiste Boisduval and John Eatton Le Conte from the state of Georgia, United States.This small butterfly has slim, triangular wings. The upper side of the male's wings is mostly orange with the margins being dark brown. The underside of the male's wings is mainly yellow-orange with the margins being dark brown.here is a yellow basal spot enclosed with brown.The upper side of the female's wings is dark brown with large, glassy spots near the fore wing outer margin. The underside of the female's wings is a brownish-burgundy color with the hind wing having a white streak on the costal edge. The wing margins are broadly frosted.
Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The American Dagger Moth (Acronicta americana) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is native to North America.The American Dagger Moth has a wingspan of 50 to 65 mm (2 to 2.5 inches). It is gray to gray-brown with darker markings. It usually has a sharp, double postmedian line, with white in between the two lines. There is a black dash on the anal area of the fore wing. The hind wing is gray with a faint, darker gray median line in the male.The female is similar, except the hind wing is completely dark.
The Columbia Spotted Frog is a North American species of frog. It is green to brown in color with spots on the dorsal surface. The belly and upper lip are white in color. Individuals can be distinguished from other Rana species by their shorter back legs, narrow snout and upturned eyes. Since they spend most of their time in the water, they also have more webbing in their hind feet than similar species. Although unthreatened, this animal has been studied as a model species for the effects of habitat fragmentation.
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