Aphrodisiac properties of the Rhino horn

Today, in our PlantScience animal facts series, we will explore a common misconception for which an entire species had to pay the price and is on the brink of extinction – Rhinoceros. Did you know the word rhinoceros comes from the ancient Latin & Greek words ‘rhino‘ which means nose and ‘keras‘ which means horn?…

Marsupials & the power of 3!

When it comes to reproduction we are learning that the animal world is far more complicated than we would like to imagine. In today’s post, we will learn about the amazing anatomy of one of our favourite animal species – Kangaroo. Did you know that all marsupials (mammals which carry and tend the young in…

Interesting ant facts you didn’t know

Ants are common insects we all would have seen and some of us have been on the bad side and were bitten. It is amazing how tough these small insects are especially when we talk about their small size – Most of them are just 0.08 – 1 inch long an live in colonies. You…

The Parental Imprint

Every member of the species carries some part of its parent in it self and it is almost certain that the parents come together in contributing their share to the child. However, in some cases it is quite different. In our series on strange reproduction behavior in animals, today we will examine the special fertilizations…

Do octopuses mate to death?

Octopuses prefer living alone and come together only for mating.  While the myth about female octopuses devouring the male after mating is true in some cases, there are other situations too. A lot of factors come into play when we talk about the aftermath of the mating process and they determine what happens to the…

Do Cows With Names Give More Milk?

One of my fondest memories from my childhood is living on the farm with my grandparents. My granny used to wake me up early to go milk the cows to make my favorite kheer. She had names for every cow, know the age of the calves, what they liked, how naughty one was and stories…

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…

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…