Facts about the extinct Creodonta
By: Mac Pike
When the conversation turns to apex predators it will not be long before the African lion, the Bengal tiger, the polar bear, the saltwater crocodile, the great white shark and the orca have each shared their moment in the limelight. Next, someone is sure to...
The diet of black-handed spider monkeys
By: Jennifer Watson - 582581
The diet of the black handed spider monkey differs when going from the wild to captivity. In zoos the menu for this animal consists of primate chow, oranges, sweet potatoes, bananas, apples, celery, spinach, onions, eggs, peanuts, sunflower seeds and other seeds, crickets and even...
Can animals be homosexual?
By: Jacob Woods
There are many instances where scientists have observed and documented homosexuality in the animal kingdom, in which humans are also classified. Sometimes homosexuality is observed without scientists interacting with the animals or altering the animal’s environment or brain in anyway shape or form. In...
The diet of the coyote
By: Rex Trulove
Many of the misconceptions or exaggerated perceptions people have about coyotes revolve around their diet. This is understandable in several ways. Not the least of which is that they belong to the canine family. Canines encompass the familiar domesticated dogs, as well as wolves and...
What are mosquitoes good for?
By: Christyl Rivers
Don’t smite the biter that feeds you. Like all organisms on earth, mosquitoes have an important role for balance in many ecosystems. Although for humans they have proved the second most lethal creature on the planet for humankind, (the first of course being human...
By: M E Skeel
Most people think of ice and snow when they think of penguins, but most penguins do not live on the Antarctic continent and many seldom see either ice or snow. Their home is in the vast Southern Ocean, and they breed on the sub-Antarctic islands...
By: M E Skeel
The members of the insect order Mecoptera are commonly known as scorpionflies, although only the males of one family actually have an upturned tip to the abdomen that superficially resembles a scorpion's tail, but is harmless. Most scorpionflies are small insects with long thin legs...
By: M E Skeel
Parasites are often hard to identify because they are so adapted to their parasitic way of life. Strepsiptera are no exception. They are insects to be sure but exactly who they are related to is more difficult to ascertain. Most people have never seen a...
By: M E Skeel
Zoraptera is a small order of insects that is poorly known and understood. The name zoraptera means 'true wingless' so they were named before the winged forms were discovered. The delightful common name is angel insect. There is only a single family in the order...
Introduction to lacewings: Order Neuroptera
By: M E Skeel
Delicate lacewings and ferocious ant lions don't look like they have much in common but they are both members of the insect order Neuroptera. The lacewing is the adult form and the ant lion is the larval form of this holometabolous insect group. The adults...

 

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