THE INVADING EUROPEAN FROG BIT BY:SHANNON MCCARTHY

WHAT SUBGROUP IS IT IN?

The European Frog Bit is a part of the Cryptograms and the Phanerogrames subgroup. if you were curious what a subgroup is it is it is a subdivision group also better known as groups that are categorized by characteristics and similarities. the European Frog Bit is better known as in the plante or plant subgroup.

PHYSICAL, STRUCTURAL AND BEHAVORIAL CHARCTERISTICS

If you were wondering The European Frog Bits structural characteristics are: resembles a heart shaped lily pad, green, smooth, has string like roots attached to it, small, floating plant, has a white flower attached(sometimes).Easy to pull, floods rivers, covers rivers.

This is the European Frog Bit in its natural habitat.

DESCRIPTION OF NATURAL HABITAT

The description of the European Frog Bits natural habitat is lakes, bays, rivers, ponds. it has migrated to many different lakes and rivers in the world. some places it has invaded are the Rideau Canal, Ottawa, St.Lawrence river, Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Kawartha Lakes, New York, Vermont, Michigan and Washington.

This is a map of where the European Frog Bit has invaded in Canada.

HOW DOSE IT MIGRATE TO NEW AREAS?

The European Frog Bit started off in Asia and Africa. in 1932 it was brought from Europe to Ottawa for possible commercial use as a onmental plant. in 1939 it was found in the Rideau Canal.Someone brought the European Frog Bit to Ottawa for onmental use, but it started to get to other places because it would get caught on paddles, moters etc. and people didn't notice until it was a huge problem and is hard to control.

This is a picture of European Frog Bit covering and invading a lake.

INVASIVE IMPACTS OF EUROPEAN FROG BIT NEGATIVE AND POSITIVE

Some negative impacts that the European Frog Bit has is that it gets caught on moters and paddles and is moved to different lakes which makes it more dangerous and invasive, grows fast, grows around other plants, grows on other plants, very easy to travel and invade. the positive thing about European Frog Bit is that its easy to pull out of rivers and lakes.

European Frog Bit in lakes

EFFORTS TO CONTROL EUROPEAN FROG BIT

Some efforts to control European Frog Bit are pulling it out of the water, using herbicide when its to hard to pull. Herbicide is a spray that you spray on the European Frog Bit to make it easier to pull out of the water, but the spray doesn't endanger the environment around it.

This is a picture of someone using herbicide on a pond.

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