This fancy fighter sees in colours you can’t even imagine Despite spending most of its time in a seabed burrow, the mantis shrimp has the most sophisticated visual system in the animal kingdom – and it also packs the hardest punch! Interesting Information About mantis shrimp MANTIS SHRIMP Stomatopoda Class - Malacostraca Territory - Indian and Pacific Ocean Diet - Crustaceans, molluscs, small fish Lifespan - 4-6 years Adult weight 150-200g (5.3-7.1oz) Conservation status NOT EVALUATED It strikes like a bullet When it lashes out, the mantis shrimp’s claws travel at 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour, reaching their target in just three thousandths of a second. The impact force can exceed 1500N – the same force as a rifle bullet! This is enough to crack the glass
Common British ladybirds Identification The seven-spot ladybird may be one of the most recognizable, but there are 46 different species in the UK Common British (ladybird or Ladybug Harmonia axyridis): ladybug scientific name (Coccinellidae) Size and shape: large (6 - 8mm long), quite round and domed Elytra (wing case) highly variable, orange, cooler: pale yellow, orange-red, red or black; Spots: 0 - 21 orange-red or black spots, or grid pattern; highly variable recognizable, but there are 46 different species in the UK: orange with 15 - 21 black spots; black with 2 or 4 orange or red spots Pronotum pattern: white or cream with up to 5 spots or fused lateral spots forming 2 curved lines, misshapen mark or solid trapezoid. (The pronotum is the top of the section b...
worlds Awesome snakes facts information about snakes Snakes have a bad reputation, but beyond the scary stories and persistent myths are a group of animals who, like any other, only strike when threatened. With an incredible 3,000 species of snake on Earth, here are some of the most beautiful Awesome colourful tree-loving African bush snake he green bush viper is a highly polymorphic species that is found in a wide array of colors, from vivid red through to orange, yellow, blue and shades of green. They are widely distributed across West and Central Africa. Most often found in primary forests and land converted for banana plantations, they remain stationary in the trees much of the time. But don’t drop your guard as they can still deliver a quick attack if need be. This Awesome non
how to attract birds to your home garden You can start birdwatching just by looking out of the window. Many birds visit gardens, and you can affect their number and variety in several ways Plant native You can put out food for the birds, but it’s even better to do so indirectly by planting bird-friendly shrubs and trees. Try to plant native species,because your visitors are adapted to these. Some shrubs are good for insects, others for shelter, others provide berries – variety helps. A water source Don’t neglect to put out water; the birds will use it both for drinking and bathing. It has been shown that birds with clean feathers are better able to escape predators, so bathing is surprisingly important. Make sure you keep changing the water as often as possib
Python Bivittatus molurus Interesting Informations The character of Kaa resembles an Indian rock (Python Bivittatus molurus( but is this snake as villainous in real life? The 2016 film version of Kaa has markings that look very much like an Indian rock Python Bivittatus molurus. The snakes are a brown color with yellow or white markings, which alter depending on the habitat they live in to help them blend in and evade predation. The mottled pattern of their skin mimics the way sunlight looks as it hits the leaf litter on the forest floor. In real life, the Indian rock Python Bivittatus molurus can reach a massive six meters (20 feet) in length. However, Kaa looks even larger in the film, bearing more of a resemblance to a Burmese python, which can measure at more than seven meter...
What is a black panther? black leopard Panthera pardus Class Mammalia Diet Ungulates, monkeys, snakes, rodents B?Territory Africa and Asia Lifespan 10-12 years Adult weight 30-65kg (65-145lb) Habitats Forests, swamplands, grasslands Family Felidae Shape: Big cats Size: Body: 4.25 to 6.25ft; Tail: 3.5 to 4.4ft Natural Habitat: Rainforest, woodlands, marshland, swamps, deserts and mountains Other Name Black Panther, Black Leopard, Black Jaguar Conservation statusNEAR THREATENED The term ‘black panther’ refers to any big cat with a black coat. In India, there are no jaguars or pumas, therefore Bagheera must be a leopard. The spotted and dark varieties of leopard are the same species, and differ only due to a small genetic mutation that produces a dark pigment in the skin. This is k
What Does The Sun Look Like From Other Planets? Find out what it’s like to look up from the surface of another world On Earth, the position of the Sun relative to our planet makes us the toast of the Solar System. Located in the habitable zone, where the Sun is the right distance to make it neither too hot nor too cold, we are treated to relatively moderate temperatures. We also enjoy a brilliant blue sky, as molecules in our atmosphere scatter more blue light than any other color. Take a trip to the planets Venus and Mercury, though, and it’s a different story. On the former, the atmosphere is extremely thick, so you’d be hard-pressed to see the Sun (and nor would you on Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus or Neptune), but based on some landers sent there by the Soviet Union in the Seventies and
Five facts you didn’t know about this popular fruit Are we living in the Age of the Avocado? These days is looks as though every trendy eatery has avocado toast on the menu, guacamole is more popular than ever, avocado smoothies are all the rage, and an avocado rose is a real thing. Avocado is being used as a butter replacement, and recipes for avocado brownies, avocado ice cream, avocado cupcakes, and chocolate avocado pudding are all over the internet. You know they make a killer egg Ocado and are beloved between guacamole aficionados. You might also know you can feel good eating one, thanks to strong fats and loads of nutrients. But the mighty powers of the avocado stretch farther than you possibly realize. ➤ 1 They’re actually berries. Although their color makes them look like v
How To Plant Jerusalem Artichokes Anywhere If you haven’t eaten Jerusalem artichokes before, try them before you plant because some people have trouble digesting them. However, if you’re a fan, they are one of the easiest crops to grow Plant the tubers when the ground is workable in February or March, spacing them 10cm (4in) deep and 30cm (12in) apart. They love a rich but well-drained soil and sunny site, but they will grow in poorer dry, slightly shady conditions too. The harvest will be smaller but they’re so productive this isn’t really a problem. Consequently, they’re a useful crop for eking out a harvest from less-productive garden areas. Plants can reach 2m (6½ft), topped in autumn by small yellow sunflowers. Cut them down to 15cm (6in) once the plants have died to stop them top
Create an apple stepover Trained low growing apples bring fruit into the tiniest of spaces TRAINING APPLES : as stepover trees provides a space-saving way of growing fruit in the smallest of gardens. Both attractive and productive, they make the perfect boundary for a veg patch. What is it? A stepover is an apple grown as a low horizontal cordon that can literally be stepped over. Why do it? They’re beautiful as a way of edging beds and bringing fruit into even the tiniest of spaces Which plants should I use? Choose a spur-fruiting cultivar (not tip fruiting, or you’ll be forever pruning away fruit) and a dwarf rootstock. Ask the nursery for a ﬂexible ‘young maiden whip’ (a single-stemmed, one-year-old tree). How much space do I need? Allow about 2m (6½ between trees. How do I do