My Favorite Insects

I thought it might be fun to introduce you to the weird world of my favorite insects.

These insects really give me an appreciation of our beautiful Earth and really create a sense of wonder in me and that drives me to keep on doing my job. Working hard to rehabilitate and rescue animals.

Luna Moth

Luna Moth.
This moth lives in North America. They are usually found in forested areas. Southern Canada has seen some. These are large green moths with long tails. They have eye spots on both the fore and hind wings. You could plant broad leaf host plants if you wish to try and attract these beauties to your yard. White birch is a good host in the north and most lunas like walnut in the south. They can make clicking noises with their mandibles to ward of predators.

Puss Caterpillar

Puss Caterpillar.
This caterpillar got its name because of its furry hairdo. It’s like a furry kitten but you don’t want to pet it because it’s toxic. These are found in southeastern United States. The venomous tubes on it are hollow with the base equipped with the venom gland. The bigger the caterpillar, the worse the sting. The sting can look like red bumps just like the caterpillar. Florida has actually sent out warnings to citizens to watch out for this toxic caterpillar.

Orchid Mantis

Orchid Mantis.
Of course this mantis looks like an orchid. They are ruthless killers. They wait for prey, looking like a pretty flower petal and then strike. Their habitat is in the Asian rain forest. They can turn brown if their environment requires it. These mantis help attract pollinators to the flower also.

Walking sticks

Walking sticks.
These of course look like walking sticks. I met these amazing creatures in my youth. Every time I encountered one when I was younger, I got so excited. I loved these majestic creatures crawling on me. Species are found all over the world, except Antarctica and Patagonia. They rock back and forth swaying like branches of the trees.

 

Check out my favorite insects.

There’s many more beauties to explore and I encourage you to do so.

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Animals Senses – Things You Did Not Know Nature Can Do!

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There are so many things about the nature that we still don’t know, and numerous ways in which nature still manages to surprise us! If you think you have heard everything there is to know about senses animals have – think again! Here are some of the most amazing facts about animal, nature, as well as the senses in animal have in the wild.

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Alligators And Their Super-skin

If you didn’t know that alligators have superb skin perhaps it’s time for you to learn something new. If someone tells you that you have alligator skin, make sure you take that as a compliment. The skin of a real-life alligator is in fact extraordinarily sensitive to vibrations. In fact, the vibrations are the sole reason that alligators are able to locate their prey. The vibration they feel on their skin give them precise information on we are at their prey is located and whether it is in the proximity or moving.

platypus9Platypus And Electroreception

Platypuses are able to feel electrical impulses stand out by their prey, which help them locate their prey even in the murky waters. This is how platypuses are able to use a electroreception at the main sensor. In fact, platypuses are the only mammals that use electroreception and their sensors.

Vibrations, Vibrations

Many animals you vibrations in order to be able to locate the prey in their proximity, were identified the threat in their proximity. Elephants, too, use vibrations and are actually acutely aware of vibrations in their surroundings. Elephants use their trunks and feet and to communicate with other elephants and convey messages about predators, territory and mating preferences. The messages are being transferred through the seismic activity, which explains why elephants are aware of vibrations so much.

It’s About The Pitch

When it comes to wolves, it can be said that their special sense is scent, but they are also specialized in vocalization and more importantly pitch. In fact, wolves not wanting to lose their voices in howling, pick their own unique note.

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Falcons And Their Prey

lanner_falcon_with_preyThese birds of prey are especially amazing and fascinating. In fact, even while the falcon is diving at the speed of more than 100mph, they can spot a prey. This can be attributed to the reduced number of blood vessels in the retina of the falcon. The scientific explanation for this is that the blood vessels in the retina scatter light and the fewer the vessels the sharper the images. Sharp images and fewer blood vessels in their retinas is what make falcons amazing hunters and terrifying birds of prey.

Snakes And Their Prey

Snakes are able to track their prey with their forked tongues. Their tongues are designed in such a way that they pick up scent molecules other animal transfer and with the specialized ducts in their mouth they are transferred to the Jacobson’s organ. This organ can in fact detect where the source of the scent is located and this is how snakes are able to accurately and precisely locate their prey.