What are mosquitoes good for?
By: Richard Serra
Millions of years gone by, and these pesky critters are still with us, alive and well. As anyone who has asked the question, "what are they here for?" there just might not be a definitive answer that would satisfy our particular curiosity about what...
Why polar bears don't eat penguins
By: M E Skeel
Why don't polar bears eat penguins? I must admit that when I suggested this title to the steward, it was a joke. It's a riddle that I ask my Marine Studies students every year and surprisingly most cannot figure out the answer. The answer...
By: Maria C Collins
When the sky is full of formations of birds flying south for the winter you know that summer is over. Some butterflies also migrate a phenomenal distance on their tiny wings. What about those bird and animals that do not migrate. Winter can be hard...
By: Maria C Collins
Crypto zoology is often disparaged as myth peddling rather than a science. It is often coupled with the paranormal, in all its various guises including those that are shorthand for hoaxes. The word Crypto zoology comes from the Greek; crypto meaning hidden and zoology, the...
Different types of turtles: Their characteristics and descriptions
By: Virginia L. Allen
Of all the more commonly known turtles such as the Box turtle, Snapping turtle, and Painted turtle, little may be known of the many other varieties of turtles that make their mark on the fascinating world of nature. The book "The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Animals...
By: Maria C Collins
People like penguins. The recent success of the film "March of the Penguins" clearly shows this love. Who would have thought that a French nature documentary would be a smash hit at cinema box offices? Yet "March of the Penguins" has proven to be the...
By: Emele Maisey
There are around 20 different species of moles, most commonly found in Europe (but not Ireland), Asia, South Africa, North America and Canada The common garden mole needs a lot of food to survive and spends up to half of its life searching for it...
Why earthworms come out in the rain
By: Rick Bavera
Earthworms in the rain: What are they doing slithering along the sidewalks, driveways and through the grass? The "conventional wisdom" always told us that all those earthworms came up out of the ground during heavy rains so that they would not drown. It turns out...
By: M E Skeel
Apterygote means wingless but not all wingless insects are included in the Apterygota. Some insects are secondarily wingless. This means that they have evolved from winged forms but have lost the wings over time. Lice and fleas are examples of these sorts of insects and...
By: M E Skeel
Invertebrates are animals without backbones. Most of the world's animals are invertebrates but most of the big, obvious animals are vertebrates. Why? Because the vertebrate bone structure allows animals to attain much larger sizes than is possible in the invertebrates. So although we are not...

 

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