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Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: Is It True Bird Moms Abandon Babies?

This week in Ask Your Weird Animal Questions, we tell you when you should help a baby animal—and when you should leave it alone.

Beyond Bees: 4 Surprising Facts About Pollination

In honor of National Pollinator Week, we delve into the strange, colorful world of the creatures that keep our planet blooming.

Repurposed Private Parts: 5 Unexpected Ways Animals Use Their Genitals

From “sword” fights to singing to sonar jamming, here are five of the more unusual ways animals employ their genitals.

Moths Vibrate Genitals to Avoid Bats

Moths vibrate their genitals to jam bat sonar, making them invisible to the predators, a new study says.

Moth’s Superhearing Evolved to Escape Bats

The greater wax moth evolved to hear better than any animal on Earth—all to avoid their nemesis, the bat, a new study says.

Mad About Moths – National Moth Week!

My name is Dino J. Martins, I am a Kenyan entomologist and I love insects. The Kiswahili word for insect is dudu and if you didn’t know already, insects rule the world! Thanks to the amazing efforts of the ‘little things that run the world’ I was humbled to be selected as a National Geographic…

Moth Inventory Finds Scores of Species in Saguaro Park

Chris Grinter is with the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, He recently joined the 2011 BioBlitz in Arizona’s Saguaro National Park, where he and colleagues identified some 145 species of moths in the preserve. The specimens included moths as small as a pinhead, others much larger, and at least one alien species that…

Frogs Are Leaping, Bugs Are Dancing in Ireland’s Bogs

Belfast, Northern Ireland–After two years of doctoral studies in Northern Ireland, I have been dismayed at the lack of lucky leprechauns on the island of Ireland. But wait! This summer finally revealed something far more interesting: An army of frogs-a-leaping in the peat bogs of central Ireland. With the help of local children, we found…