Oaxaca Grasshoppers

Photo: A Serving of Fresh Grasshoppers at Pochimilco Si quieres regresar a Oaxaca come chapulines. Oaxaca – Oaxacans eat a lot of insects. Among the favorite bugs are the grasshoppers (chapulines) consumed (legs intact) as a snack garnished with wedges of lime. For those who wish to sample this local specialty, there are plenty of …

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 …

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, …

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 …

Quokkas

Photo: Sam West Quokka = Australian marsupial (Setonix brachyurus) Quokkas are found on some smaller islands off the coast of Western Australia, particularly Rottnest Island, just off Perth, and also Bald Island near Albany, and in isolated scattered populations in forest and coastal heath between Perth and Albany. A small colony exists at the eastern …

Reindeer

Photo: Kommunikasjonsavdelingen, Nord-Trøndelag fylkeskommune, Sørsame med reinsdyr og slede Reindeer is the only deer species of which both males and females possess antlers. They also lose and regrow their antlers every year. Castrated male reindeer keep their antlers year round. In Swedish Lapland most of the discarded reindeer antlers are left on the ground to …