Halloween Greetings

Halloween Greetings

Boo and happy All Hallows’ Eve to you! As a naturalist, Halloween is my favorite holiday and there’s no better place to spend it than deep in a rainforest jungle where there’s certainly no shortage of Halloween-themed wildlife, from cave centipedes...
In Celebration of Vultures

In Celebration of Vultures

They may not be beautiful, but vultures play a vital role in keeping disease in check. They do so by stripping carcasses quickly and efficiently. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it! I consider vultures to be endlessly fascinating in their habits and...
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...
Spooky Nature Facts: Orange and Black Wildlife

Spooky Nature Facts: Orange and Black Wildlife

Wildlife Dressed for Halloween 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....
Spooky Nature Facts: Flesh-eating Round-leaved Sundew

Spooky Nature Facts: Flesh-eating Round-leaved Sundew

The round-leaved sundew is a diminutive but deadly cousin of the Venus fly trap. Its proper name, Drosera rotundifolia, 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...