Beneficial Fauna
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Assassin Bug 
This Section is still under continued research.
The Assassin Bug has been known to inject their proboscis into the nose of sleeping bats to draw blood.
With the use of a local anesthetic injected at the time of insertion the bat is unaware & sleeps on.
The Assassin Bug hides amongst the dense foliage of Hibiscus & attacks insects as they move  closer  to their ambush site.
(More Info To Come)

 Assassin Bug Juveniles (nymphs)
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 Adult Assassin Bug
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 Notes: A fearsome looking Insect that assist in naturally controlling insects that predate Hibiscus.
Adult & nymph stage are effective hunters.

Frogs & Toads

.Green Frog
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Common name for an amphibian of the order Anura or Salientia, which also includes toads. Frogs are native to all parts of the world, except Antarctica, but the greatest variety are found in tropical areas.

Frogs are small animals with smooth, moist skin, bulging eyes that can see in almost any direction, external eardrums behind the eyes, and the absence of a tail in adults. Most species have long hind legs that enable them to take long leaps, and webbed feet, making them excellent swimmers.
The frog's internal systems are typical of most amphibians. In fact, amphibians were originally known as batrachians, from the Greek word for frog, batrachus .
Most frogs, especially males, are quite vocal. As the frog forces air from the lungs, vocal cords in the voice box, or larynx, vibrate to make calls distinctive of its species. A much louder sound is produced by the males of species that possess a vocal sac, which swells enormously when the frog calls to attract a mate. The frog's tongue is attached at the front of the mouth instead of the rear, and is covered with a sticky substance, making it an efficient trap.
As it grows, a frog goes through a true metamorphosis, starting with a fish like larval stage and ending with the adult frog stage. Frogs lay their eggs in water, where they hatch into tadpoles, or short-bodied larvae, during early spring or summer. At this stage they have gills and a tail. The tadpole feeds on algae and other vegetation. As it matures, the tail is absorbed, lungs develop, the gills disappear, legs appear, and the adult frog emerges onto land.
 Frogs live in a variety of habitats, but most prefer moist regions. Although they are air breathers, frogs can stay underwater for long periods, and they absorb water through the skin. Tree frogs are adapted for tree living. Others are permanently aquatic; still others spend most of their lives in underground burrows, coming up only to feed or breed. Like all amphibians, a frog's body temperature depends on its surroundings, and in colder regions frogs burrow in mud to hibernate. Some, such as Australian frogs, estivate-lie in a state of torpor during intense heat-after burying themselves in sand and clay.
Frogs subsist principally on insects, worms, spiders, and centipedes. Aquatic frogs sometimes eat other frogs, tadpoles, and small fish. Larger frogs eat objects as large as mice or newborn water snakes. Occasionally a frog seizes food too large to swallow all at once and will leave it sticking out of its mouth, ingesting it gradually or even choking on it or regurgitating it.
Types of Frogs.
The order of frogs and toads is usually divided into 22 families, based primarily on skeleton and tooth differences. Toads belong to the family Bufonidae and differ from frogs superficially in that toads generally have drier skin, often covered with warts, and the majority spend most of their life on land. True Frogs.
The large and nearly worldwide family Ranidae comprises the true frogs, many species of which are well known. The bullfrog is the largest true frog in North America; it weighs up to 0.5 kg (1.2 lb) and has a total length of 46 cm (18 in). One of the most common North American species is the leopard frog, which is easily recognized by the numerous black, often light-edged, spots on the back and legs. Most true frogs stay close to ponds and streams, but the North American wood frog, a small, reddish-brown species with mask like black bands on the head, wanders far from water. The green frog is another common species in North America; despite the name, some green frogs are mostly brown. Two well-known true frogs of Europe are the common European frog, which resembles the wood frog, and the edible frog, a popular food in Europe. The African giant frog, the largest of all frogs, which grows as long as 66 cm (26 in) and weighs as much as 4.5 kg (10 lb), is also a true frog. Other frogs.
A large and interesting family of frogs found worldwide is the Hylidae. This family includes the tree frogs, which have expanded adhesive disks at the ends of the toes, permitting them to climb the smooth surfaces of trees. Some members of the Asian family Rhacophoridae are even more specialized for arboreal life. Their feet are webbed with fan like structures that enable them to jump to the ground from considerable heights; they are sometimes known as flying frogs, although they do not actually fly. One of the most unusual frogs is the hairy frog, named for the hair like skin projections that develop on the body and legs of the male during breeding season. Although frogs are generally harmless to humans, some South American frogs secrete a powerful poison through the skin.
Benefit to Man.
Frogs aid humans in many ways. They control insect pests in the woods, farm, and garden, and several species have been introduced to various parts of the world as a defense against undesirable insects. From earliest times the frog has been widely used as food. Efforts have been made to raise them for market, but frogs eaten today are generally taken from their natural habitat. Frogs are also important to research and medical laboratories because their skeletal, muscular, digestive, nervous, and other systems are similar to those of higher anim
Green Bull Frog
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Notes: Frogs & Toads Are responsible for naturally controlling pests that predate Hibiscus especially those pests that remain in & close to the surface of the soil as part of their life cycle as larvae such as Hibiscus Beetle & the Scarab Beetle.

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