An Encyclopedia of Incredible Animals by Karen Macey

By Karen Macey

Animals have inhabited each nook of the globe, together with a few of the world’s cruelest environments. From the driest deserts to the frozen tundra of the polar ice caps, lifestyles exists at each flip. lots of those animals are distinctive and own features crucial for survival.

This superb encyclopedia takes a glance at a number of the world’s most original and exceptional kinds of lifestyles. Unbelievably distinctive and subsidized via medical examine, this encyclopedia has you coated. 1000's of illustrations and images get you an perception to those animals like you have got by no means visible prior to.

Want to benefit extra in regards to the egg-eating snake? or even you’re e drawn to super infrequent harpy eagle? Take a more in-depth examine over 60 special creatures in gorgeous aspect.

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If they do find any, they destroy them, and the ants even go so far as to prune the leaves of nearby trees so that their host is not shaded out. Not only does the tree supply the ants with nesting sites, but special glands at the base of the tree’s leaves produce a nectar rich in sugars and amino acids that the ants lap up. The tips of the leaves also sprout small, nutritious packets of oils and proteins (Beltian bodies), which the ants snip off and carry away to feed to their grubs. The grubs even have a little pouch at their head end which the Beltian body can be tucked into while they feast on it.

These first workers collect leaves from plants on the surface, on which the fungus grows. The queen, now relieved of menial tasks, can apply herself to the important job of enlarging the colony by pumping out eggs in huge numbers, producing different types of workers to look after different jobs within the nest. Some of the eggs will develop into nest generalists that will undertake all manner of miscellaneous tasks in the nest, while others will become foragers and excavators, collecting leaves for the fungus gardens and enlarging and maintaining the nest.

Aphids are not strong fliers, but they utilize lofty air currents to travel many kilometers, often flying up to reach these currents in the calm conditions of a summer evening. GIANT JAPANESE HORNET Giant Japanese Hornet—Japanese honeybee workers forming a defensive ball around a giant Japanese hornet. (Mike Shanahan) Scientific name: Vespa mandarinia japonica Scientific classification: Phylum: Arthropoda Class: Insecta Order: Hymenoptera Family: Vespidae What does it look like? The giant Japanese hornet is a large insect.

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