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September 4, 2019

 

The Amazing Walking Sticks

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.

August 12, 2019

 

Flies That Eat Spiders

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.

July 30, 2019

 

Megachile pluto, The World’s Largest Bee

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.

July 19, 2019

 

The Paradox Of Predator And Prey

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.

July 11, 2019

 

The Slingshot Spider

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.

July 5, 2019

 

Human Hunters Are Unique In Nature

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.

May 11, 2019

 

The Oldest Tree In Europe

The oldest tree in Europe is a 1,230 year-old Heldreich’s pine living in southern Italy.

May 7, 2019

 

Termites And Drought

Termites play an important role in maintaining the delicate ecology of rainforests.

April 16, 2019

 

Ancient Termite Mounds

Recently, an international team of entomologists made a discovery highlighting the architectural abilities of termites.

April 11, 2019

 

New Solutions For International Wildlife Trafficking

Every year, millions of birds are taken from places like Brazil to sell around the world, and it is devastating tropical bird populations.

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