Plants & Animals Archive

Why Are The Bees Dying?

In the six years leading up to 2013, more than 10 million beehives were lost, often to Colony collapse disorder (CCD), nearly twice the normal rate of loss. Several possible causes for CCD have been proposed, but no single proposal has gained widespread acceptance among the scientific community. Suggested causes include: infections with Varroa and

How Do Chameleons Change Color?

For a long time it was thought that chameleons change color by dispersion of pigment-containing organelles within their skin. However, research conducted in 2014 on panther chameleons has shown that pigment movement only represents part of the story. Chameleons have two superimposed layers within their skin that control their color and thermoregulation. The top layer

Why Do Venomous Animals Live In Warm Climates?

Venom is the ‘lazy kill’. Not much energy requirement in producing toxins, huge energy requirements in active hunting. Warm climates do not produce food with high energy content [lots of carbs and some calories, very little fat/protein], hot weather favors smaller animals. Net result is that predators use venom rather than speed, strength or claws.

Empire Of The Ants

Empire of the Ants is an episode of the BBC documentary series Natural World. It is narrated by David Attenborough. Ants can be found on every continent except Antarctica. There are a few places on Earth that did not have any native ants but individual ants hitched a ride on traveling humans. Greenland is an