It is not surprising that this family of moths are commonly called woolly bears or woolly worms, as the caterpillars of many species are really very hairy. The larvae can be full of poisonous chemicals acquired from their host plants, advertising that they are bad to eat with bright colours, bad odours and unusual shapes. The adult moths have distinctive wing venation and can also be distasteful when eaten. They produce ultrasonic sounds to warn off predators and confuse bats looking for a tasty treat. There are over 10,000 species worldwide including all the tiger, footmen, wasp and lichen moths. Amazingly, the caterpillars of some species can even survive freezing. [ ... ]
The gerenuk, also known as the Waller’s gazelle, is a long-necked species of antelope found in dry thorn bush scrub and desert in Eastern Africa. The word gerenuk comes from the Somali language, meaning “giraffe-necked”. Gerenuks have a relatively small head for their body, but their eyes and ears are proportionately large.
The red-eyed crocodile skink (Tribolonotus gracilis) is native to New Guinea and parts of Indonesia and the Solomon Islands. They've got the thick, leathery skin, large bony scales, and creamy underbelly of a crocodile, but at no more than 25 cm long, they lack the size and teeth of their more intimidating relatives. They're one of just two types of skink in the world known to vocalise when threatened. [ ... ]
Studies in humans, monkeys and other mammals have found that mothers have different breast milk 'recipes' depending on the sex of their newborn - boys often get milk that's richer in fat or protein, while baby girls get higher calcium levels and more milk overall. The research could help improve baby milk formulas.
This is a mating ritual being performed by a colony of James's Flamingoes (Phoenicoparrus jamesi), native to Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. The males will all vocalise together, sticking their necks and heads straight up in the air, and turning them back and forth in unison to attract the females. [ ... ]
Co-owned by Google, NRG Energy and BrightSource Energy, the giant Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California's Mojave desert will produce 392 MW of solar power at full capacity - enough electricity to provide 140,000 Californian homes with clean energy. The plant contains 300,000 large computer-controlled mirrors that help focus sunlight to the top of three 140m-high towers, where water is turned into steam to power turbines.
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This is the island of Galesnjak, also known as Lovers’ Island! It has become a hot tourist destination after imaging by Google Earth showcased its perfectly lovely shape! Galesnjak is located in the Zadarski Kanal of the Adriatic Sea, off the coast of Croatia.
China's world famous landmarks like the Great Wall and army of terracotta soldiers draw millions of visitors a year but the Middle Kingdom has another drawcard that is equally breath-taking despite being largely unknown.
This lady is quite an awesome mum. Most bugs lay their eggs and leave them, but the horned shield bug will guard the eggs zealously until they hatch and then stay with her little ones for several weeks, that’s why they are also known as the parent bug.