Walking along a beach on a calm day, snagging bits of trash—mostly straws, bottle caps, and broken fragments of hard plastic—something scuttled near my feet. I leaned over and saw what looked like the love child of a roly-poly and a gray shrimp. Its face was buried in the shattered shell of some deceased invertebrate. […]
I don’t remember where I read it, but I do remember reading that most ticks die without reproducing. They don’t really move very far, just pick a spot on the top of grass and wait with a pair of outstretched legs, hoping that they can grab onto a passerby. (Although it might be a bit […]
Sit still, and a groundhog might run along the path where you are sitting. Watch closely, and the brilliant red of a ladybug might appear. Tread lightly, and a fly mimicking a wasp might alight on some flowers. What unique sights have you seen by paying close attention?
“Head-turning intelligence is turning out to be far less rare in the animal world than we once presumed (which makes us the dummies for assuming we were the only ones with any wherewithal at all.” (Courage, 119) I recently read Octopus! by Katherine Harmon Courage. Already one of my favorite animals for their intelligence and camouflage abilities, […]
Mimicry delight Turning in fright A splash of ink Makes you think Why can’t I obscure And slink into nooks Hidden and demure And outwait the danger Without looking stranger Than the ocean floor Just another background, nothing more The whole thing is worth watching, but after minute 4:15 is absolutely stunning. Other Resources: http://ocean.si.edu/ocean-news/how-octopuses-and-squids-change-color […]