Grasshoppers

Photo: San Jose del Progreso Wikipedia: Grasshoppers are a group of insects belonging to the suborder Caelifera. They are among what is probably the most ancient living group of chewing herbivorous insects, dating back to the early Triassic around 250 million years ago. Grasshoppers are typically ground-dwelling insects with powerful hind legs which allow them …

Bison

Photo: Denver Bison entered the Americas through the landbridge from Siberia during an Ice Age. – Wikipedia Celebrations National Bison Day is the first Saturday in November. Hashtag: #NationalBisonDay Elsewhere on the Web http://storyofthebison.com/tatankaaboutbison.html https://www.wcs.org/get-involved/updates/senate-passes-bison-day-resolution Headlines https://deadspin.com/bison-gets-irritated-by-tourists-tosses-child-into-obl-1836670446 Bison are Back – The Conversation https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/12/how-native-american-tribes-are-bringing-back-the-bison-from-brink-of-extinction http://www.cnn.com/2016/07/06/us/utah-bison-herd/index.html Embedded Tweets The National Park Service has released a guide …

Kākāpō

Photo: Shellie Evans The kākāpō is the word’s largest parrot, flightless and with a tricky breeding cycle. Recently their number actually went down to a mere 51 birds on Earth, but now scientists have successfully found ways to breed them. Recommended Listening One of our favorite new podcasts of 2018: Kākāpō Files, breaking bird news …

Coelacanth

Photo: James St. John, Latimeria chalumnae Publisher’s note: Many thanks to Martin Hatchuel for preparing the text for this feature on the Planeta Wiki. Coelacanth = a genus of fish which has existed for more than 360 million years, but which was believed to have been extinct since the time of the dinosaurs. It was …

Butterflies

Photos Butterflies are insects in the macrolepidopteran clade Rhopalocera from the order Lepidoptera, which also includes moths. Adult butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. The group comprises the large superfamily Papilionoidea, which contains at least one former group, the skippers (formerly the superfamily “Hesperioidea”) and the most recent analyses suggest …

Wild

Adjectives Wild = not domesticated or cultivated Western Hemisphere Wild Argentina Wild Belize Wild Brazil (Brasil Selvagem) Wild Canada Wild Chile Wild Colombia (Colombia Silvestre) Wild Ecuador Wild Mexico (México Silvestre) Wild Peru Wild USA Wild Nevada Eastern Hemisphere Wild Africa Wild Asia Wild Europe Wild Russia Wild India #WildOz #WildNZ Planeta.com Wildlife Wildlife Tourism …

Penguins

Photo: Christchurch World Penguin Day is April 25. Hashtag: #WorldPenguinDay Penguins (order Sphenisciformes, family Spheniscidae) are a group of aquatic, flightless birds. They live almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere, with only one species, the Galapagos penguin, found north of the equator. Highly adapted for life in the water, penguins have countershaded dark and white …

Bears

Buzzwords Wikipedia: Bears are carnivoran mammals of the family Ursidae. They are classified as caniforms, or doglike carnivorans. Although only eight species of bears are extant, they are widespread, appearing in a wide variety of habitats throughout the Northern Hemisphere and partially in the Southern Hemisphere. Bears are found on the continents of North America, …

Wild Ireland

Photo: NASA Goddard, Sunny Day in Ireland Planeta.com launches this brand new guide to Wild Ireland – the country’s biodiversity, wildlife, parks and protected areas and the opportunities for ecotourism and conscious local responsible travel. Parks Ireland has 6 National Parks and 78 Nature Reserves designated under the Wildlife Acts, 1976 and 2000 and various …

Jaguars

Photo: Oaxaca Jaguar Tree Jaguar = a large heavily built cat that has a yellowish-brown coat with black spots, found mainly in the dense forests of Central and South America The jaguar (Panthera onca) is a mammal of the Felidae family and is the most powerful feline in the Americas. It is one of four …