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GARDEN TIGER MOTH

The Garden Tiger (Arctia caja), also known as the Great Tiger Moth, is a common moth that is has a 1.8-2.8 inch (4.5-7 cm) wingspan. Its caterpillar, the black woolly bear, has long black hairs on top and rust-colored hairs on the underside. It is found in Europe and Asia in temperate regions, and less frequently in the Canada and Northern USA. Family Arctiidae.

GENUS

In classification, a genus is a group of related or similar organisms. A genus contains one or more species. A group of similar genera (the plural of genus) forms a family. In the scientific name of an organism, the first name is its genus (for example, people are Homo sapiens - our genus is Homo).

GEOLOGICAL TIME

The history of the earth is described in geological time, which is measured in millions of years and billions of years. The divisions used are: eon, era, period, and epoch.


GIANT SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY

The giant swallowtail butterfly, also called the orangedog butterfly (Papilio cresphontes) is a large black and yellow butterfly with a yellow body. Eggs are tiny, yellow and circular. The caterpillar, which looks a bit like a small, black, white, and brown snake, is considered a pest (because it eats many agricultural species, including orange tree leaves). The chrysalis is brown. This butterfly lives in much of North America. Classification: Family Papilionidae (swallowtail butterflies), Genus Papilio, Species P. cresphontes.


GIRDLE

The girdle is a silken thread that a caterpillar wraps around its body as a support, attaching the larva to a twig or leaf as it is about to enter the pupa stage.


GOLDEN BIRDWING

The golden birdwing, Ornithoptera aeacus, is a large butterfly is from southeast Asia (including Thailand, the Himalayas, Tibet, Burma, Sikkim, and southern China). It has a wingspan of 120 mm to 190 mm. A swallowtail and a birdwing, it is gold with a black body, veins and markings. The caterpillar eats Aritolochia griffithi. Ornithoptera aeacus was named by C. & R. Felder, in 1860.
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GOLIATH BIRDWING BUTTERFLY

The Goliath Birdwing (Ornithoptera goliath) is the second-largest butterfly in the world. This brightly-colored butterfly is poisonous and has a wingspan up to 11 inches (28 cm) wide. It has black, yellow and green wings and a yellow and black body. This butterfly in found in tropical forests in Indonesia. Family Papilionidae


GOSSAMER-WINGED BUTTERFLIES

The gossamar-winged butterflies (family Lycaenidae) include the hairstreaks, coppers, blues, and harvesters. They are small butterflies - some have a tail-like projection on the bottom of the hind wings (hence their name - hairstreak). Males have reduced forelegs. The undersides of the wings are speckled. The caterpillars are slug-like.

GYMNOSPERM

Gymnosperms are seed-bearing plants that that don't produce flowers. They release pollen into the air to the female ovule, causing fertilization. Their seeds develop without a protective covering. The earliest gymnosperms were seed ferns from the Devonian period (408-360 million years ago). Conifers (like pines, redwoods, and gingkos), and cycads are gymnosperms.
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