Today’s episode is about walking stick insects. You probably know them for their curious appearance. They resemble the twigs of the plants they feed on.
In most showdowns between spiders and flies, the odds weigh heavily in the spider’s favor. Today, however, we’ll look at a few species of fly that manage to turn the tables on their eight legged foes.
Megachile pluto is the world’s largest bee, and perhaps its most elusive. It is commonly called “Wallace’s giant bee,” after naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, who first collected the bee in 1858.
According to a study by scientists at McGill University, areas with more prey have more predators overall than areas with relatively sparse prey. However, an abundance of prey does not result in as many predators as might seem likely.
In 2019, researchers discovered a tiny spider in the Peruvian Amazon rain forest that has a behavior that’s surprisingly similar to the Marvel superhero Spiderman.
Technology puts humans outside the constraints nature imposes on other predators and makes us superpredators. Using weapons, humans kill nine times as many large carnivores as any other species.
The oldest tree in Europe is a 1,230 year-old Heldreich’s pine living in southern Italy.
Termites play an important role in maintaining the delicate ecology of rainforests.
Recently, an international team of entomologists made a discovery highlighting the architectural abilities of termites.
Every year, millions of birds are taken from places like Brazil to sell around the world, and it is devastating tropical bird populations.