136 posts tagged Animal

10th November 2013
Why do warthogs have warts?
Well, they don’t! The wart-like protrusions from which warthogs get their name (males have four and females have two) are actually made of cartilage and grizzle and serve a very important purpose. When fighting, these “warts” guard soft, delicate body parts, like the eyes, from the tusks of other warthogs. In fact, when warthogs fight, their tusks line up almost perfectly with their opponent’s warts. This is not to say that their fights aren’t dangerous, they just aren’t worth losing an eye over.
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Why do warthogs have warts?

Well, they don’t! The wart-like protrusions from which warthogs get their name (males have four and females have two) are actually made of cartilage and grizzle and serve a very important purpose. When fighting, these “warts” guard soft, delicate body parts, like the eyes, from the tusks of other warthogs. In fact, when warthogs fight, their tusks line up almost perfectly with their opponent’s warts. This is not to say that their fights aren’t dangerous, they just aren’t worth losing an eye over.

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26th October 2013
The golden egg bug (Phyllomorpha laciniata) is a species of coreid bug, which are commonly referred to as squash bugs or leaf-footed bugs. These insects display one of the rarest types of parental care in the animal kingdom, in that the male of a mating pair is the primary care-giver. While eggs laid on males have a much higher survival rate, this behavior is much riskier for the fathers as the eggs are bright yellow and make them much more likely to be seen by a predator.
Photo(s) The golden egg bug (Phyllomorpha laciniata) is a species of coreid bug, which are commonly referred to as squash bugs or leaf-footed bugs. These insects display one of the rarest types of parental care in the animal kingdom, in that the male of a mating pair is the primary care-giver. While eggs laid on males have a much higher survival rate, this behavior is much riskier for the fathers as the eggs are bright yellow and make them much more likely to be seen by a predator.
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The golden egg bug (Phyllomorpha laciniata) is a species of coreid bug, which are commonly referred to as squash bugs or leaf-footed bugs. These insects display one of the rarest types of parental care in the animal kingdom, in that the male of a mating pair is the primary care-giver. While eggs laid on males have a much higher survival rate, this behavior is much riskier for the fathers as the eggs are bright yellow and make them much more likely to be seen by a predator.

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21st August 2013
A species of Dolomedes fishing spider (Dolomedes tenebrosus). This gang of spiders (there were three in total) were hunting on the inside of the screen, waiting for moths to land near them on the outside of the screen, at which point they would pounce and attempt to attack the moths through the wires. It was incredible to watch. A species of Dolomedes fishing spider (Dolomedes tenebrosus). This gang of spiders (there were three in total) were hunting on the inside of the screen, waiting for moths to land near them on the outside of the screen, at which point they would pounce and attempt to attack the moths through the wires. It was incredible to watch.

A species of Dolomedes fishing spider (Dolomedes tenebrosus). This gang of spiders (there were three in total) were hunting on the inside of the screen, waiting for moths to land near them on the outside of the screen, at which point they would pounce and attempt to attack the moths through the wires. It was incredible to watch.


I am Ashley, an incredibly introverted 21-year-old environmental enthusiast.
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