Definition of hatching
: the engraving or drawing of fine lines in close proximity especially to give an effect of shading; also : the pattern so made
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Six to eight weeks after hatching (generally late April), the spiny caterpillars grow to about 3 inches and have finished feeding.
In addition to the two baby giraffes born this year, the Maryland Zoo also welcomed the hatching of 12 baby penguins and five trumpeter swan chicks.
The summer peak occurs when the water warms, boosting the metabolism of the fish, but prior to the bait fish hatching.
This means mosquitoes, ticks and other insects are breeding and hatching earlier this spring.
Those recommendations are based on breeding pairs and the mess that can accumulate with hatching eggs and raising young finches.
Such early hatching is unusual and dangerous, and there was little that could be done to protect them.
Usually, the zoo’s staff monitors eggs in an incubator, and sometimes returns them to the nest a few days before hatching.
The young wasp, hatching as a larva, feeds on the paralyzed grub and destroys it.
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