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Lepidopteran of the month: Small tortoiseshell butterfly

Here’s my Lepidopteran of the Month series, back after a few months’ hibernation. You might choose to follow my ‘butterfly’ tag for other posts in this series. Today, in June, let’s admire the small tortoiseshell butterfly (Aglais urticae) which I … Continue reading

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HAT tip: researchers map African sleeping sickness

argylesock says… Sleeping sickness is one of the diseases caused by trypanosomes, tiny parasites carried by tsetse flies A few minutes ago I remarked on how zebras’ stripes might be involved in defending these animals against tsetse flies. In that … Continue reading

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Why do zebras have stripes?

Originally posted on Anomie:
Answer by Rory Young: There are two reasons for Zebras to have evolved stripes. The first is concealment from and avoidance of predators. Zebras stripes do this in two ways. Disruptment Camouflage. Normal camouflage works by blending…

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Reeds

Reeds are powerful plants here in Britain. The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) promotes reed beds for sewage management. The Department for Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) names reedbeds as a Priority Habitat in its Biodiversity Action Plan. For … Continue reading

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Rooftop fish farms

Thanks anthropogen for this news about fish farming and hydroponic gardening on roofs. I wonder whether it’ll catch on. Would you really want a big tank of water over your home? Or over the car park you use? Maybe so. … Continue reading

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