What puts the ‘bomb’ in bombardier beetle? | Natural History Museum

What puts the ‘bomb’ in bombardier beetle? | Natural History Museum

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

Why does Rudolph have a red nose? | Natural History Museum

Why does Rudolph have a red nose? | 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

A Beetle’s Beloved Beer Bottle [60 Second Specimens]

A Beetle’s Beloved Beer Bottle [60 Second Specimens]

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]

The ‘Sistine Chapel of Taxidermy’ – Conserving Akeley’s Elephants

The ‘Sistine Chapel of Taxidermy’ – Conserving Akeley’s Elephants

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