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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Mother wolf spiders attentively care for their hatchlings

Wolf spiders, known for their providence and motherly care, are a highly protective species and do all they can to keep their hatchlings safe for as long as possible. Impregnated wolf spiders will wrap their eggs in...

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Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Owl pellets may contain skulls of rodents, birds and other devoured prey

Owls, as well as other bird species, are known to occasionally or habitually regurgitate parts of undigested foods, which are called pellets. Pellets are known to contain various fragments, including bones, fur, feathers, bird bills, skulls, claws,...

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Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Antlion larvae use ditch-like sand traps to capture prey

Antlions, also known as “doodlebugs,” are known mainly for their odd and clever way of hunting ants and small arthropods during their larvae stage. In fact, antlions were given the nickname “doodlebugs” because when they seek a...

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Odd horny toads possess a variety of defense tactics

The horny toad, also known as “horned toad” or “horned lizard,” are physically peculiar reptiles that are known to use one or several different defense tactics in an attempt to escape predators. Because of the horny toad’s...

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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

Black-billed magpies exhibit particular behaviors

Possessing many different behavioral traits, the black-billed magpie is known for its particular habits, which can vary from bold, brave or even odd. For example, the black-billed magpie is omnivorous, and though they aren’t picky, they are...

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Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Katydids are capable of inflicting small, blood-worthy bites

Katydids, also known as “bush crickets” or “long-horned grasshoppers,” are insects that are most recognized for their leaf-like appearances and capabilities for camouflaging themselves amongst vegetation. Comprising more than 6,400 different species worldwide, katydids can vary in...

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Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Long-jawed orb weaving spider can flatten itself

Their long, thin bodies are for the purpose of camouflaging. They often use this tactic on thin plants, including flower stems, twigs, reeds, and blades of grass. From the “Tetragnathidae” family and known as “long-jawed” orb weavers,...

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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Earwigs are more fascinating than they are frightening

In Europe, an old told tale references earwigs as an insect that would crawl into the ears of sleeping humans and cause insanity by burrowing into their brain. This is where the name “earwigs” first originated, and...

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Some ants protect aphids for nourishment

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Some ants protect aphids for nourishment

Similar to how a farmer cares for his animals, some ants, depending on the species, will gather to protect aphids so they may collect their excreted waste, known as “honeydew.” This substance is high in sugar and...

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Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Mother hummingbirds raise their young alone

When it comes to nesting and child rearing, it is the mother hummingbird that provides all the work as a single parent. Males on the other hand only put their efforts into attracting mates and copulation. They...

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