Sunday, June 26, 2011

A Special Post: Cute Plants!

I realized that animals are not the only cute living things in the world, so this post is about cute plants!

My favourite plant is the Lamb's Ear because it's so soft and fuzzy. This plant has little white and purple flowers. It's originally from Turkey and Iran, but can now be found in warm places all over the world. Many people tend to like it because of the soft, fuzzy leaves.

The leaves are extremely soft!

The plant is called "Lamb's Ear" because the leaves are covered in soft white hair.

These plants are sometimes considered "invasive", because they grow so easily in many places and can spread very quickly.

Another one of my favourite plants is the Dandelion. A lot of people dislike the Dandelion because it can also grow quickly and easily, like the Lamb's Ear, but Dandelions have so many cool features. They can adapt to many environments and their seeds look fuzzy!

Fuzzy-looking seeds!

The seeds are light and fluffy, so they can easily be blown by the wind. This is one of the reasons that Dandelions spread so quickly.

All parts are edible!

Another cool thing about Dandelions is that they are completely edible! The leaves taste best when picked before the flowers appear (in early Spring), and the flowers are great for making Dandelion wine. Dandelion roots can be made into a coffee alternative!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Roly Polies!

I called them "Carpenters" as a kid, but "Roly Polies" is way cuter. Their latin name is Armadillidium, because they look like little Armadillos. The most common name is "Pill Bug", but they are not actually bugs! They are crustaceans, like shrimp or lobsters. Most crustaceans live in water, and even though these tiny little guys live on land, they like keeping moist too. They live in damp and dark places.

Cute and Tiny!

Roly Polies are not insects for a few reasons:

1. They have seven pairs of legs (bugs have three pairs)

2. They have more than three body segments

3. No waxy covering on their bodies

These cute animals like to munch on bark, algae, and plants, especially decaying ones, like leaves that have fallen off a plant. They help break down plants into small pieces and into nutrients for the plants to use. This means they recycle the dead plants into food!

More cool facts about Roly Polies:
        • They don't pee!
      • They breathe through gills
      • Their blood is blue
      • They roll into a ball when poked!


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