North American butterflies: Butterflies of North America (Eleanor Lutz) Biology Citizen Science Environment Science and Art Zoology 

42 North American Butterflies

This animated infographic shows 42 different North American species of butterfly. It is the work of talented graphic designer Eleanor Lutz, whose creations EH Science has had the great pleasure of featuring on several occasions. Don’t miss her infographics entitled Planet Earth’s Control Panel, How Muscles Work, and Breathing Infographic. Seriously, you don’t want to miss them! Here’s how Lutz describes this infographic of North American butterflies: I checked out six butterfly field guides from the library and picked out some of the species I thought were the most unique…

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Green wood hoopoe, By DickDaniels, CC, Wikimedia commons Zoology 

Birds Bond After Team Fights

As any fan of Hitchcock knows, birds often work together and, when threatened by rivals, are capable of marshaling their troops to defend resources.  Now, researchers from the University of Bristol have found that clashes between rival bird groups have a long-lasting impact on the birds’ behaviour, causing them to bond after team fights. Biologists Dr. Andy Radford and Dr. Tim Fawcett have been studying the social behaviour of green woodhoopoes in Sub-Saharan Africa. Following a territorial conflict with their neighbors, victorious green woodhoopoes will unite at nightfall. Such disputes…

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Sacramento Valley Red Fox (Ben Sacks, UC Davis) Biology Zoology 

Red Fox Genome Examined

Researchers at University of California, Davis are studying the genome of the red fox, the world’s most widely distributed land carnivore. Some surprising findings about the origins, journey and evolution of the red fox have come to light. The new genetic research suggests that the first red foxes originated in the Middle East before beginning their journey of colonization across Eurasia to Siberia, across the Bering Strait and into North America. Reproductively speaking, the red foxes of North America and Eurasia have been almost entirely isolated from one another for around 400,000 years.…

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