Category Archives: Behavior

The Banded Demoiselle, Calopteryx splendens, is a very common and easily identifiable species of damselfly in the UK and adjacent parts of Eurasia, with a range extending all the way to northern China. The video below shows the process of mating and egg laying, while the links below the video will give you much more information about this intriguing species. Check out how the mating couple form the shape of a heart!

Encyclopedia of Life (lots of pics!)
First Nature
ARKive
Nature Spot

Banded Demoiselle Mating

A short video featuring the beautiful Pine Grosbeak and its call:

More on the Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak’s Call

This is one of the greatest moments of nature film history: BBC and David Attenborough introducing one of the world’s best bird mimics, who can even immitate human sounds such as cameras and chainsaws: the superb lyre bird!

Best Bird Mimic

The amazing peacock spider, Maratus speciosus, performs a lively and entertaining dance for the camera…

More on this species:
Amusing Planet
Live Science

Peacock Spider Dance

If they COULD read, dragonflies would do it almost 4 times as fast as we can! Their reaction time is so fast, they can fly out to catch something they see before we would even register any sight. Watch the short video below to learn more about the dragonfly’s super sense.

Dragonflies Speed Read?!

The Regal Horned Lizard, Phrynosoma solare, lives in the desert areas of the southwestern United States and Mexico. It eats mostly ants, and it is immune to ant venom. When disturbed by a potential predator, this little lizard squirts its own blood out of its eyeball with precise aim, targeting his attacker’s face. Apparently this blood has some type of odor or taste that repels the predator. Click the links below the video for more videos, pics, and information on this crazy critter with its unique defense!

Discovery Channel Video
SW Center for Herp Research
California Herps

Blood Squirting Lizard!

Don’t blink! You’ll miss this pet Horned Frog gobbling its prey!

Pet Horned Frog

Some insects secrete chemicals that force their host plants to protect them!

The Gall Makers

The Augrabies or Broadley’s Flat Lizard (Platysaurus broadleyi) entertains not only with its flat-bellied display to rival males, but also in its aerial hunting skills, leaping into the air to catch flies.

More on this species:
Arkive
Encyclopedia of Life

Flat Lizards

The streaked tenrec (Hemicentetes semispinosus) of Madagascar is quite the unique critter!
Not only does he look crazy, but he also clatters his spines together to communicate with his foraging mates, AND clicks his tongue as a form of echolocation!

 
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Click the pic or links above or below to learn more about this amazing species!
Arkive
Encyclopedia of Life
Animal Diversity Web

The world’s deepest living land animal is the cave-dwelling Plutomurus ortobalaganensis, a type of springtail.

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Find out more!
Sci-News.com
Short Sharp Science
LiveScience.com

The Dracula Ant (Adetomyrma venatrix) is blind, AND it drinks the “blood” of its young!

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More on this species:
Arkive
Mad Mike’s America
Encyclopedia of Life

The Hoopoe reminds me of a woodpecker who uses his bill to dig.

Hoopoe Bird Digging

The Yellow-Winged Bat — Lavia frons — forms a symbiotic relationship with a particular acacia tree in middle Africa, the notorious Umbrella Thorn Acacia, Acacia tortilis. Instead of flying out to pursue its insect prey, it roosts in the tree and during its waking cycle it moves about the branches, feeding on insects that would otherwise cause damage.

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More on the yellow-winged bat:
iNaturalist
Encyclopedia of Life
Animal Diversity Web

How Do Cicadas Make Noise?
Click the pic to find out!

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More on Cicada Mania!

Periodic Cicada Video

Friendly nuthatch feeds from hand and dish!

 
Also: Nuthatch nest cam!

Alfred the Nuthatch

CHEEK Scent Marking?

I have been able to find very little on this so far Continue reading

Foraging behavior of Dwarf Mongooses

Dwarf Mongoose Foraging