From spikes to camoflage to detachable tails animals protect themselves in a wide range of ways One type of beetle takes it to the next level: it packs a boiling explosive punch There are around 400,000 species of beetle, and one group, the bombardier beetles, have devised one of the most interesting defence strategies in…Continue reading What puts the ‘bomb’ in bombardier beetle? | Natural History Museum
Some reindeer probably do have red noses, but this may be due to the presence of these little creatures – these little flies called, affectionately, ‘snot bots’, the reindeer botflies. The female adult botfly will fly along and she squirts the larvae up the nostrils of the reindeer. The larvae then goes down the throat…Continue reading Why does Rudolph have a red nose? | Natural History Museum
The tiny jellyfish Turritopsis dohrnii is one of the few animals that can be considered truly immortal. Jellyfish normally go through a life cycle that begins with an egg and then slowly grows to a larva. This attaches to a rock or another solid surface where it continues to grow, becoming a polyp. Once the…Continue reading Is it possible to live forever? | Natural History Museum
This is the story of a love affair between male Australian jewel beetles, and roadside trash. Julodimorpha bakewelli live in Australia’s arid western regions. They’re big, orange, and bumpy– and that’s how they like their females, too. In the 1980s, entomologists Darryl Gwynne and David Rentz noticed a few of these male beetles were desperately…Continue reading A Beetle’s Beloved Beer Bottle [60 Second Specimens]
Hey, so before we get into this episode two really quick updates. Number one, if you are anywhere near Berlin Germany We’re gonna be there in a week And we’re actually having a meet-up at the Natural History Museum there at 10:30 in the morning So there’s more information And a link to the eventbrite…Continue reading The ‘Sistine Chapel of Taxidermy’ – Conserving Akeley’s Elephants
– We’re looking for bats! Mario, our mammalogist, has set up a couple of mist nets that kinda traverse the trail that we have here, so there are some running this way and some running cross-ways. So bats will fly around kinda familiar paths at night, and oftentimes they’ll turn off their sonar if it’s,…Continue reading Two Bats and a Spider
From the first tools to cross breeding with Neanderthals…stay tuned to number 1 to find out why we were the only form of early humans to survive! Number 10: Homo. Scientists have traced back the history of our species over millions of years, and here, we will focus on the a section of our history…Continue reading Why are we the only Humans that survived?
You might think of parasites as stealthy wanting to stay hidden from their hosts But some parasites are attention seekers and prefer to make a colourful statement One amazing example of this is the broodsacs. Now the broodsacs are acquired by snails by ingesting the eggs in bird droppings. Once the parasite is consumed by…Continue reading Can parasites use mind control? | Natural History Museum
Emily: Hey! We’re in a boat with Robb! Rob: I’m Robb. Emily: And our friend, Trevor. Trevor: Hello! Emily: And we’re on our way to go find one of the rarest plants in the world. It’s found on an island. Langham Island, in the Kankakee River. What’s the plant? Rob: What’s the plant? Emily: Yeah.…Continue reading The Search for the Kankakee Mallow
In 1879, when James Hingsley returned to Australia from Indonesia he brought back tales of an orchid that engulfed butterflies in its petals and devoured them alive. A carnivorous plant more beautiful and ravenous than any other. But that fantastical creature was no plant – it was a predator… dressed to kill. [OPEN] Blending in…Continue reading Why Do These Deadly Insects Look Like Flowers?