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Moths Camouflage Secrets Revealed
2012-08-01 07:46:10

[ Watch The Video ] Moths are iconic examples of camouflage. Their wing coloration and patterns are shaped by natural selection to match the patterns of natural substrates, such as a tree bark or leaves, on which the moths rest. But, according to recent findings, the match in the appearance was not all in their invisibility. Despite a long history of research on these iconic insects, whether moths behave in a way to increase their invisibility has not been determined. A research team...

2011-07-11 20:22:27

Brutal, non-parental infanticide in the black-billed magpie Finding their young dead in the nest is not uncommon for bird mothers. In many bird species some of the nestlings die before they leave the nest. This is known as "brood reduction", a common form of infanticide that the parents are to blame. On the other hand, witnessing a perpetrator killing their young is a very rare event for avian mothers. There have been suspected cases and some observations of this "non-parental infanticide" in...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'