By: David Smith
Polar bears are one of the most majestic creatures on Earth. They can get up to fifteen feet tall (a large male bear) and weigh over two thousand pounds. Their enormous bulk is caused by the fat that is necessary to keep them from freezing...
Difference between true albinism and white-haired animals
By: T. Scott Randolph
Both the condition of albinism (also known as an albino, although in some circles it is considered a derogatory term) and an animal having white hair are hereditary traits. This means that both conditions are the results of the combination of the genetic traits of...
By: M E Skeel
In the tropical and subtropical regions of the world, live the members of a little known order of insects, the Embioptera or web-spinners. It is a small order with only about 300 species in 13 families described, but because they are small and cryptic, many...
How polar bears keep warm in the winter
By: Molly Froerer
Polar bears live in some of the coldest temperatures in the world and swim in icy, glacier-filled waters. To deal with these extreme temperatures, they have developed many ways of dealing with the extreme cold. In fact, they are almost too well adapted to their...
The habitat of Bengal tiger
By: Amber-Marie Richardson
Bengal tigers are the most common sub-species of tiger to be found in the wild, and are most commonly found living in regions of India and Bangladesh in Asia. Magnificently striking creatures, Bengal tigers are quite adaptive animals, and are found to live in a...
By: M E Skeel
Psocids are small insects with soft bodies, usually no more than a few millimetres long. They have longish antennae and chewing mouthparts. Psocoptera got their common name of book lice because they sometimes live in the bindings of books and superficially they resenble lice, They...
By: M E Skeel
Earwigs get bad press. Because they have what look like pincers on their rear ends, people think they can pinch. Because they wander around in houses, people think they are pests. But earwigs cannot pinch and for the most part they are not pests. Most...
Not just spiders: A look at web-spinning insects
By: M E Skeel
When people see webs in the trees or in the leaf litter, they tend to think 'spider' but a surprising number of insects also build webs. These are not usually as beautiful or technically complicated as spider webs but they are still quite functional for...
By: M E Skeel
Thrips are minute insects whose chief distinguishing features are four wings fringed with hair-like cilia and sucking mouthparts. The order name, Thysanoptera, means fringe-winged. Thrips are best known as pests of plant crops. They use a single mandible to punch a hole in a leaf...
By: Colleen Mart
Like all animals and humans, spiders have to eat to survive. Spiders are considered carnivorous with one exception, the Bagheera Kiplingi spider, which is a type of jumping spider that is omnivorous, but mainly feeds on plant life. Because spiders eat other living insects and...

 

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