Invertebrates

Some Caterpillars are Downright Weird

When you picture a caterpillar in your mind's eye, if you're anything like me you think of a monarch or something pretty basic. You may not imagine, say, a saddleback, which is so venomous it can send a human into anaphylactic shock, or a monkey slug, which can sting you. Not only do these caterpillars have crazy powers but they also look pretty wild! 

Lies and the Lying Critters Who Tell Them

You might think that humans are the only creatures who know how to lie, but there you would be completely wrong. Many animals are well practiced at the art of deception, using lies to increase their own chances of survival. National Geographic just published a great list of such creatures and you might be surprised at who the lying liars are!

Your Pet So Ugly...

We all have at least one ugly critter we love to death. Whether it's a hairless rat, a pug dog, a weird spider or fish--some might call that smashed-in face cringe worthy, but you think it's adorable. Science can shine a light on why we feel this way. It turns out that any kind of animal that seems in need of protection--whether it has big eyes, a small or soft body or other traditionally baby-like qualities--is cute to us humans. 

New octopus species is the cutest

Will likely be named "Adorabilis"
Stephanie Bush, a postdoctoral fellow at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, has the enviable task of naming the world's cutest octopus species. This chubby little pink cutie has been captured several times since 1990, but Bush will be the first person to scientifically describe the animal - and thus, she earns the right to name it.
 

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