Friday, November 7, 2008

Birds, Bees and Butterflies Facts

Black-oil sunflower seeds are the best choice for attracting the most species of desirable birds.

The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest avian flier. It's been clocked at 175 mph.

During winter, male Northern Cardinals often won't tolerate females at the same feeder, not even their mates.

A honeybee may collect nectar from up to 10,000 flowers a day, but will make less than 1 T. of honey in its 6-week life.

There are 761 species of butterflies in North America.

Butterflies are most attracted to the colors purple, white, pink and yellow. I've noticed that this is true of the variety of butterfly plants we have in our yard. The purple ones have the most butterflies with the white ones being next.

Butterflies love to drink nectar from lantana flowers, but all parts of the plant are poisonous to humans. We can't keep lantana in our garden because the deer eat it.

Most adult butterflies live about 20 to 40 days. Some, however, only live 3 or 4 days, while others may survive up to 10 or 11 months depending upon weather and migration.

Watching butterflies gives a feeling of carefree living. With such a short lifespan, they sure do enjoy each moment.

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