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Interesting Nature Facts #144 – Eastern Kingbird

Interesting Nature Facts #144 – Eastern Kingbird

The Eastern kingbird mostly eats flying insects during the summer in North America and maintains a breeding territory that it defends vigorously against all other kingbirds. In the winter along the Amazon, however, it has a completely different lifestyle: it travels...

Interesting Nature Facts #143 – Dragonflies

Interesting Nature Facts #143 – Dragonflies

Roughly 300 million years ago, dragonflies were the among first insects to take to the air. While modern dragonflies have wingspans of only two to five inches, fossilized dragonflies show that they once had wingspans of nearly two feet! VISIT THE DRAGONFLIES GALLERY...

Interesting Nature Facts #142 – Monarch Butterflies

Interesting Nature Facts #142 – Monarch Butterflies

Monarch butterflies use thermals (updrafts of sun-warmed air) to help them ride air currents as they migrate across the United States to Mexico and back. MORE PHOTOS OF BUTTERFLIES MORE INTERESTING NATURE FACTS Interesting Nature Facts is a new series of nature photos...

Interesting Nature Facts #141 – Downy Woodpecker

Interesting Nature Facts #141 – Downy Woodpecker

The smallest woodpecker in North America? That would be the downy woodpecker, which barely weighs over one ounce, and can be found in every state and province of the continental United States and Canada. Interesting note: this tiny woodpecker has special feathers...

Interesting Nature Facts #140 – Sandhill Crane

Interesting Nature Facts #140 – Sandhill Crane

Sandhill Crane! Welcome to the next installment of a new series of nature photos that will be short & sweet, and all about the native and naturalized wildlife that is all around us with just one or two interesting nature facts that you might not know about. If you...

Interesting Nature Facts #139 – Bison

Interesting Nature Facts #139 – Bison

The American bison stands more than six feet tall and can weigh up to 2,000 pounds, with a massive head and large, humped shoulders. Even at this size it can run up to 35 - 40 miles an hour, for short distances. MORE PHOTOS OF BISON, GOATS AND SHEEP MORE INTERESTING...

Interesting Nature Facts #138 – Honeybees

Interesting Nature Facts #138 – Honeybees

If a honeybee keeps-waggle dancing in favor of an unpopular nesting site, other workers will head-butt her in an attempt to help the colony reach a consensus. VISIT THE INVERTEBRATES GALLERY MORE INTERESTING NATURE FACTS Interesting Nature Facts is a series about the...

Interesting Nature Facts #137 – Spider Silk

Interesting Nature Facts #137 – Spider Silk

A single strand of spider silk is thinner than a human hair, but also five times stronger than steel of the same width. A rope just 2 inches thick could reportedly stop a Boeing 747. MORE PHOTOS OF SPIDERS MORE INTERESTING NATURE FACTS Interesting Nature Facts is a...

Interesting Nature Facts #136 – Green Lynx Spider

Interesting Nature Facts #136 – Green Lynx Spider

The green lynx spider has an appetite for insects belonging to the Lepidoptera family (moths and their larvae) that are known to be enemies of crops like corn, cotton, cabbage, etc. Although their importance in the controlling of pests is counteracted by their...

Interesting Nature Facts #135 – Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Interesting Nature Facts #135 – Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

If you ever see one of these large 2 to 3-inch, slow-moving grasshoppers impaled on a thorn or barbed wire fence and can't possibly figure out how it got there then here's your answer: The loggerhead shrike often catches them and pins them in place until some of the...

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