Spooky Nature Facts

Spooky Nature Facts

Read on…if you dare…to learn fascinating facts about the world’s spookiest creatures! GOLDEN SILK ORB-WEAVER SPIDER The golden silk orb-weaver is a rather striking arachnid with its large size, bright colors, and furry legs. It spins an enormous...
In Celebration of Vultures

In Celebration of Vultures

International Vulture Awareness Day Each year the first Saturday in September is set aside as International Vulture Awareness Day. So I’d like to share some fascinating facts about these much-maligned but vitally important birds and showcase some of my favorite...
Halloween Greetings

Halloween Greetings

Boo and happy All Hallows’ Eve to you! As a naturalist, Halloween is my favorite holiday and my favorite place to spend it is deep in a rainforest jungle where there’s certainly no shortage of Halloween-themed wildlife, from cave centipedes and their...
Spooky Nature Facts About Carnivorous Plants

Spooky Nature Facts About Carnivorous Plants

What Are Carnivorous Plants? Discover the fascinating world of carnivorous plants; their diversity, ecology, and distribution, then watch a video I made about my favorite species from Malaysia! Carnivorous plants are species that attract, catch and digest animal prey....
Batty About Bats!

Batty About Bats!

In Celebration of Bats Bats are so cool, there are two holidays honoring them: Bat Appreciation Day on April 17th and  International Bat Week from October 24-31, so here are some spooky, but true, facts about bats of the world! •Flying foxes (seen above and below) are...
Tiny But Stunning Dart Frogs

Tiny But Stunning Dart Frogs

Cool Facts About the Dendrobatids All poison dart frogs belong to the family Dendrobatidae, and all 187+ species reside in the humid rainforests of Central and South America, from Nicaragua to Brazil. Poison dart frogs are a fascinating group of amphibians with...
Wildlife Dressed for Halloween

Wildlife Dressed for Halloween

Orange and Black Wildlife Have you ever wondered why so many animals follow a Halloween-themed dress code of orange and black? From the American Redstart to the Monarch Butterfly, and thousands of species in between, this is indeed a common color combination.   The...
Spooky Nature Facts: The Darlingtonia Midge

Spooky Nature Facts: The Darlingtonia Midge

The Darlingtonia Midge & Its Murderous Accomplice Who would believe that an insect and an insect-eating plant could have a mutually beneficial relationship?  Surprisingly, that’s exactly the case in the unlikely union between the mosquito-like midge and the...
Spooky Nature Facts: Fascinating Literature

Spooky Nature Facts: Fascinating Literature

Halloween may conjure up thoughts of ghost stories, horror movies, and chilling tales, but nothing can compare to how truly bizarre and intriguing nature can be. What could be more peculiar, more frightening, than the strange and ghastly realities stories found in the...
The Diminutive but Deadly Sundew

The Diminutive but Deadly Sundew

The sundew is a diminutive but deadly insectivorous cousin of the Venus flytrap. Its genus name, Drosera, comes from the Greek word meaning ‘dewy’, a reference to the plant’s glistening droplets of sticky liquid mounted at the tips of touch-sensitive...