Welcome to the Witchipedia's bestiary of fantastic and magical creatures. Here you will find a number of creatures, some which may seem quite mundane, some from folklore and some which would more appropriately be called spirits. We apologize to the spirits, but there was a lot of overlap and I don't have a lot on either subject right now, so I just decided that for the time being, all creatures that weren't Gods or humans would go here. I'll organize them better eventually, I promise.

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Bees - Although honey bees are the most commonly referred to species when bees are mentioned, there are many species, worth mentioning. There were no honey bees in North America before Europeans arrived. There were, and remain, many other species of bees (carpenter bees, mason bees, blueberry bees, bumble bees) and other Native American pollinators such as flies and wasps which efficiently pollinate Native American crops, like tomatoes, eggplants, blueberries, cranberries, squashes and melons, but the European honeybee, brought by early European settlers, is a handy pollinator of many imported food crops upon which the US has come to rely, including many important fruit trees. The domestic honeybee has been bred for thousands of years to be gentle and prolific.

Chicken - Chickens are among the oldest domesticated animals and the first domesticated animal whose genome we mapped (in 2004). They are believed to have first been domesticated in Southeast Asia from wild red junglefowl (Gallus gallus) between 10,000 and 7,000 years ago, though there are some indications that they were domesticated in more than one event and DNA from other, closely related species have been blended in along the way, including the grey junglefowl from India. Archaeological evidence suggests that chickens had reached China by 5400 BCE and the Indus Valley region by 2000 BCE. Egypt and Greece knew them soon after and the Egyptians began developing methods of artificial incubation, the secrets of which were tightly guarded. The rest of the Mediterranean region had chickens by 800 BCE but they didn’t complete their spread through Africa, until the first millennium CE1. Rome spread chickens everywhere they went, bringing them along on campaigns to help them make important decisions. Early chicken-keepers didn’t eat chickens much but kept them primarily for spiritual and entertainment purposes. The earliest archaeological evidence of chickens being kept for food dates to 400 BCE in Isreal2. The Romans certainly enjoyed eating chickens and were caponizing roosters by the 2nd century BCE and the first century AD book Apicius3 features several recipes for chicken.

Dragonfly - Dragonflies are an ancient species that have roamed our planet for more than 300 million years. They are found throughout the world (except Antarctica) near wetlands and bodies of water which provide their breeding grounds. Dragonflies are economically important consumers of mosquitoes and other flying insect pests as well as occasional troublesome hunters of honey bees.

Duck - Ducks are friendly, curious creatures who enjoy living in family groups. In addition to wild ducks, there are several domesticated varieties who lack the ability to fly more than a few feet. All of these, with the exception of the Muscovy Duck are descended from the Mallard Duck. Ducks are popular barnyard animals and backyard pets because certain breeds, notably the Campbell Khaki and the Indian Runner Ducks among others, can give an egg-laying chicken a run for her money. Ducks are quite a bit messier than chickens as they enjoy playing in the mud, splashing water around and fouling their water dish and their feces is rather wet and stinky(this can vary with diet).

Gnome - The word gnome comes from the Greek genomus meaning "earth dweller". They were described by Paracelsus in the 16th century as earth elementals, small, humanoid creatures who could move through solid earth as easily as humans can move through air.

Magpie - Indeed the magpie is a very magickal bird. It is a corvid, like a raven or a crow, and many of the folklore associated with these originated with the Magpie including the traditional "counting crows" children's rhyme.

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