Patio Ponds

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Garden ponds and fountains were once mainly forrepparttar very rich. Today, anyone can have a garden pond. A fountain or waterfall can be included almost anyplace--even if your "yard" is limited to a patio or balcony.

Adding water to your patio can be as simple as setting out a shallow dish of water for use as a birdbath. Any shallow container at least 6 inches wide and a half-inch deep will work. Pie pans, garbage can lids, or flowerpot bases work well in small spaces. Fillrepparttar 145186 container with clean water and wash it every day or two. The wildlife attracted torepparttar 145187 water will depend on where you placerepparttar 145188 container. Containers set onrepparttar 145189 ground usually attractrepparttar 145190 greatest number of wildlife species, from birds and butterflies to squirrels and toads. Hanging birdbaths or ones on pedestals will be restricted to those creatures that can fly or jump high enough to reachrepparttar 145191 water, and give birds a chance to escape from neighborhood cats and other predators.

If you want to grow water plants--and perhaps a fish or two--you can add a tub garden to your patio or yard. Many products are onrepparttar 145192 market today. Frequently, half whiskey kegs with plastic liners are used. Numerous plastic tub gardens are available in a variety of sizes and haverepparttar 145193 advantage of being lightweight and inexpensive. Small pumps can be added to any of these containers to allow for fountains or cascades of water. Moving water is pleasant to listen to and attractive to wildlife.

Here are some considerations before adding a small tub pond to your patio or yard.

If you want to grow water plants, choose a container that is at least a foot deep. While some water plants do well in shallow water, other species--including some water lilies--require deeper water.

Butterfly - Life Cycle Summary

Written by T.L. McMullen


Butterflies are beautiful insects of nature and often admired for their vibrant colors. According to The American Heritage Dictionary, they belong torepparttar biological order of Lepidoptera, and have distinct characteristics: slender bodies, knobbed antennae, and four wings ( The Lepidoptera classification order is derived from Greek origin meaning “scales” and “wings” (Jeananda Col).

Butterflies are members ofrepparttar 145185 insect family and their traits include 3 pairs of legs, a segmented body, and two pairs of wings. Although they are members ofrepparttar 145186 insect family, and carryrepparttar 145187 same characteristics of other insects, butterflies generally appeal to people where most insects do not (

Why are butterflies so unique? One distinguishing reason can be found by exploring a butterfly’s life cycle. Butterflies go throughrepparttar 145188 process of metamorphosis: a distinct transformation from an egg to a butterfly.


As a result of metamorphosis, butterflies go through a series of four, very distinct, life-type changes.

The four stages include: egg, larva, pupa, and adult.

•Egg Stage -repparttar 145189 beginning of life for a butterfly. The egg is a product of adult reproduction and is deposited on tree leaves by a sticky hormonal substance fromrepparttar 145190 adult. •Larva Stage - typical in appearance to a caterpillar. The majority ofrepparttar 145191 larva’s lifespan is spent eating andrepparttar 145192 first meal is usually it’s own eggshell. As a result of continuous consumption,repparttar 145193 butterfly will increase several thousand times in size. It will spin a silky pad before progressing torepparttar 145194 next phase. It is not yet mature and it is unable to reproduce at this point.

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