How Beetles Whistle

Not a lot of chest thumping going on in the beetles. Just pleasant music. #MusicOfNature

Pepper & Rat Poop

Mammalian faeces can be a polished way to say rodent poop is an ingredient in pepper. Just as the cockroach parts in chocolate, the Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible for taking care of public health, sets the standard for every packaged food item available in the market. It also takes care of biological…

Chocolate & cockroaches

Who doesn’t like chocolate? I personally love all kind of chocolate, especially the dark ones. But what if I tell you that you have probably consumed cockroach parts? Guess what? It is totally fine with the FDA. The Food and Drug Administration is a federal agency that looks after the health and human services. The…

Coloration of butterfly wings

Don’t we love butterflies? As children most of us would have chased them too. Many butterflies possess very fascinating colouration, and most species of butterfly can be identified solely by the colour pattern on their wings. Naturally such a diversity has attracted a wealth of research to determine the mechanisms responsible for such colours. Practically…

Sexual Cannibalism in animals

Researchers have been fascinated with nature in all of its brutality. Although a strict taboo in civilized and modern human societies, cannibalism is a fairly common occurrence in the animal kingdom. It is interesting to note that it is not just carnivorous species who practice cannibalism. Herbivores, omnivores and detritivores have also been known to…

Slow & slimy, pollinating army

So you thought only honey bees and birds help in pollination? While the majority of pollination is done by birds, bees and butterflies, we have some unlikely pollinators in the world. Yes we are talking about snails. Unlikely may be a tad offensive to the cute buttons that slide, slowest might be the best way…

Dressed to scare!

Unlike the comedy or improve stage, in the natural world, mimicry isn’t entertainment; it’s a deadly serious game spanning a range of senses — sight, smell, and hearing. While some try to survive, there are some who mastered this art and some of the most striking visual mimics are butterflies. Many butterflies become noxious and…

Dead stick walking!

One of the fantastic insects that camouflage as plants are Walking sticks, or stick insects. Stick insects are actually not a single species, but an entire order of insects that have evolved to resemble twigs and branches of plants to escape predators. They escape predation by blending into plant material. As their name suggests, they…

Trust me, I am a plant!

Each of us are imbibed with an inbuilt passion to survive. May be we get it in our genes and may be it is recorded in our DNA too. While some of it is learnt during the lifetime of the species, most of it is passed on from their previous generations and their struggle for…