Pumas engineer their environment, providing habitat for other species

New research suggests that mountain lions in the western United States play an outsize role in changing their surroundings, leading the authors of the study to suggest that the big cats are “ecosystem engineers.” In a study published online Nov. 30 in the journal Oecologia, biologist Mark Elbroch and his colleagues demonstrate that the assortment […]

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Insoluble Mucilage – Australian Glow-Worms

While the slimy presence of the Australian glow-wormArachnocampa flavamay not be on everyones fascinating list of things to observe in the tropics at night. It is fascinating to know, that the natural entrapment by its blue green emitting light, encircled by the sticky crystal like dew drops, proves to be deadly to nocturnal flying insects. […]

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Green Queen Ant

Strong winds and rain in North Queensland caused the early nesting of some fertilised winged Green Ants called a queen to be damaged or destroyed. Some have died in result of trying to re-established their nesting grounds, by attempting to lay another clutch of eggs (one third in size of the initial egg quantity), dying thereafter possibly […]

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