creatuREport: Fireflies

It’s Energy Week, so of course I had to pick an organism that can relate. I’ve chosen fireflies (or lightning bugs) because they don’t need to burn coal, collect the Sun’s energy, or support nuclear fission in order to turn on the lights. They produce the glow themselves. Brilliant. The 2,000 or so species of…

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creatuREport: Widow Spiders

Widow spiders are notorious around the world and there are 31 related species which all belong to the genus Latrodectus. They go by other names as well including button spiders in Africa and the redback spider in Australia. Identification This group of spiders has a few notable physical and behavioral characteristics that make them fairly…

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creatuREport: Camels

Camels are fascinating creatures. History Originating in North America, camels crossed over the land bridge to Asia and onward, but were eventually wiped out in their native land by the migration of other species (including humans) in the opposite direction – entering North America. Camels may have been domesticated between 3,500-5,000 years ago and were…

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