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Image of the Day: The Last Sloth

By | November 16, 2017

An artist’s impression suggests what the Caribbean may have looked like before humans arrived. 

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image: Fire Ant Rafts

Fire Ant Rafts

By | November 1, 2017

The invasive insects weathered extreme climatic conditions by banding together and riding out Hurricane Harvey's flood waters.

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image: Tracking Invasive Fire Ants in Asia

Tracking Invasive Fire Ants in Asia

By | November 1, 2017

These insect transplants have the potential to wreak economic havoc by outcompeting native insects and destroying crops.

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image: Check Out This 3-D Interactive Fire Ant Model

Check Out This 3-D Interactive Fire Ant Model

By | October 31, 2017

Explore the many facets of this invasive species.

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image: Germany Sees Drastic Decrease in Insects

Germany Sees Drastic Decrease in Insects

By | October 18, 2017

A 27-year-long study finds insect biomass has declined by about 75 percent. 

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image: Gigantic “Tree Lobsters” Not Extinct After All

Gigantic “Tree Lobsters” Not Extinct After All

By | October 9, 2017

Researchers identify the Lord Howe Island stick insect on the remains of a large volcano in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand.

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The dolphins and their trainers will search for the endangered porpoises and enclose them in a protected pen.

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image: How Animals and Plants Weather Hurricanes

How Animals and Plants Weather Hurricanes

By | October 6, 2017

Studies suggest not all critters fare well in extreme weather, though some thrive.

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image: Coastal Critters Make Epic Voyages After 2011 Tsunami

Coastal Critters Make Epic Voyages After 2011 Tsunami

By | September 28, 2017

Marine species survived rafting thousands of kilometers on debris swept into the water by the giant wave, scientists say.

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image: The Caterpillar that Cries Wolf

The Caterpillar that Cries Wolf

By | September 22, 2017

In a case of acoustic deception, caterpillars mimic bird alarm calls to defend themselves.

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