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Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Cicada’s song is capable of causing permanent hearing loss to humans

The cicada name is derived from the Latin word meaning “tree cricket” and is most commonly known for its excessively loud song, which is intended for calling mates or confusing predators. Cicadas, depending on the species, can...

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Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The physical and behavioral differences between damselflies and dragonflies

Both belonging to the order of Odonata, damselflies and dragonflies possess many similarities, including appearance, choices of habitat and some behaviors. Although, despite what they have in common, they are of two separate subfamilies that are often...

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Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Animals can suffer harm from litter left behind

Many know that littering can destroy the beauty of nature and that you can be fined if you get caught doing so. Yet in many places, this awareness does not stop the constant build of trash found...

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Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Blue mud daubers help society by hunting black widows

Having many intimidating features, the blue mud dauber is a fearful-looking insect that physically resembles an excessively large black wasp. Identified to be strong hunters with black and metallic blue-tint body colors, the blue mud dauber is...

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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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