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Toxorhynchites: the mosquitoes that hunt other mosquitoes

Mosquitoes enjoy a cosmopolitan distribution and equally cosmopolitan infamy. They are a core element of both terrestrial and aquatic food chains, serving as prey for a variety of animals, but … Continue Reading Toxorhynchites: the mosquitoes that hunt other mosquitoes

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The remarkable non-stick lungs of elephant seals

If you ever have the opportunity to see an elephant seal sneeze, you’ll probably notice something a little unusual. Around their nostrils is a bright white discharge. It’s so white, … Continue Reading The remarkable non-stick lungs of elephant seals

The best peregrine falcon nest live streams of 2017

April marks the beginning of “falcon cam season” and conservation groups, energy companies, libraries, etc. have fired up their windows into the wonderful world of one of the planet’s most popular predators.The … Continue Reading The best peregrine falcon nest live streams of 2017

Invertebrate of the Week #20 – Motyxia millipedes (Motyxia sequoia)

Meet the conspicuous glowing millipedes of Sequoia National Park; the brightest of all the Motyxia species. They glow, they make hydrogen cyanide, they star as the main antagonist in the … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #20 – Motyxia millipedes (Motyxia sequoia)

Intense UV bursts from overhead power lines may be preventing reindeer from moving around their habitat

Many animals, large and small, are known to avoid overhead power lines in remote regions. It’s not just that they avoid climbing on them or running along the conduit; it’s … Continue Reading Intense UV bursts from overhead power lines may be preventing reindeer from moving around their habitat

Bioluminescent fungi glow to take advantage of insects looking for love

When it comes to ‘catfishing‘, the bioluminescent fungi of the Agaricales order have the process down to a science.Each night, they emit a steady green light out into the darkness in … Continue Reading Bioluminescent fungi glow to take advantage of insects looking for love

Some plants are still making fleshy fruit to attract extinct megafauna

Plants generally lack the ability to move to new locations and that presents some challenges when it comes to reproduction.Not only do they need to find ways of exchanging their gametes, … Continue Reading Some plants are still making fleshy fruit to attract extinct megafauna

Spectacular time-lapse footage of a frog egg developing into a tadpole

Developmental biology can be an off-putting subject. There’s all manner of special terminology you have to learn like blastocoel, notochord, allantoin, and archenteron. You have to study not only the effects … Continue Reading Spectacular time-lapse footage of a frog egg developing into a tadpole

Invertebrate of the Week #19 – Argonauts (Genus: Argonauta)

Meet an unusual group of octopuses in which the females make paper-thin shells out of arm-gland secretions and the males can’t mate without losing one of their limbs.Despite the nickname … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #19 – Argonauts (Genus: Argonauta)

Australian researchers launch search for living Thylacines in Queensland

On September 7, 1936 the last thylacine in captivity (and the last anywhere on record) was discovered dead in its enclosure at the now derelict Hobart Zoo in Tasmania. This last … Continue Reading Australian researchers launch search for living Thylacines in Queensland

Video: Plastic microfibers entering the food chain via plankton

The damage caused by plastic products entering Earth’s oceans is well-documented and widely understood by the general public (at least in the developed parts of the world) and we know … Continue Reading Video: Plastic microfibers entering the food chain via plankton

Leveraging Ecology: Harris hawks patrol the Festival de Cannes.

After a seagull swooped onto a table at the the Cannes Grand Hyatt and knocked a glass of wine over on actress Sophie Marceau in 2011, the hotel knew it couldn’t let a … Continue Reading Leveraging Ecology: Harris hawks patrol the Festival de Cannes.

Running Birds of Prey by Austin Thomas

Austin Thomas is a UK-based wildlife photographer whose work you may recognize from BBC Wildlife Magazine. Though he has a keen eye for capturing compelling images of all manner of … Continue Reading Running Birds of Prey by Austin Thomas

The bats that live in carnivorous plants in Borneo

In 2009, ecologist Ulmar Grafe (University of Brunei Darussalam) was busy working in Borneo. He was there to study how tadpoles survive in the digestive fluid of Nepenthes pitcher plants but his … Continue Reading The bats that live in carnivorous plants in Borneo

Superb soil mesofauna photos by Andy Murray

I’ve never met Andy Murray in-person, but I feel like we’re kindred spirits when it comes to how we feel about the natural sciences.Andy is the “photographer, writer, entomologist and traveller” behind … Continue Reading Superb soil mesofauna photos by Andy Murray

Invertebrate of the Week #18 – Variable Thorny Oyster (Spondylus varius)

Thorny oysters are a genus of bivalve molluscs and are the only genus within the family Spondylidae. The term ‘thorny oyster’ is a misnomer since this organisms aren’t closely related to true oysters and are … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #18 – Variable Thorny Oyster (Spondylus varius)

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