Jennifer S. Holland

Foodie Bees: Insects Head Downtown for Dinner

Foodies aren’t the only ones swarming cities in search of the best eats. Even bees are going urban to satisfy their taste for diverse, high-quality food—especially as wild habitat becomes more scarce, new research reveals. Gordon Frankie, an ...

Antelope and Lion Have Unlikely Meeting—Only One Walks Away

Oops. Two wild animals that are part of two separate National Geographic-funded research studies in Africa crossed paths last week. Only one walked away. The deadly meeting went down on the savanna in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. The perp: a ...

Three-Eyed Crab and More Freaks of Nature

What has three eyes, two noses, and an antenna poking up like a little puppet from its head? That would be a unique specimen of the freshwater crab Amarinus lacustris, discovered in New Zealand and described in this week’s ...

Dogs Get Jealous, Too

Dog owners were right all along. Our pups really do get jealous when we direct our affection elsewhere—but mostly when their rival for attention appears to threaten their social life. Once thought to be too complex an emotion for ...

Plant Blasts Birds With Pollen Using “Bellows”

Here’s some explosive news from the world of pollinators: A rain forest plant baits birds with puffy treats, then blasts any takers with pollen—a unique discovery. A few other flowering plants have bellows-like systems to release pollen, but ...

How Frogs’ Sticky Tongues Lift Giant Prey

The superfast tongue of the horned frog is also a superpowerful adhesive. A new study published June 12 in Scientific Reports is the first to explain just how this amphibian‘s feeding apparatus sticks to prey so successfully. Evolutionarily speaking, it ...

Why Do Barn Owls Divorce?

Love is a fickle thing—even in barn owls. These normally monogamous birds sometimes call it quits and move on to new partners—nearly a quarter of the time, in fact, says a new study published April 28 in the Journal ...

How an Injured Snowy Owl Got New Feathers

Washington, D.C.‘s visiting snowy owl has had a rough couple of months, but the bird is now getting a full makeover—including some shiny new feathers. The two-year-old bird was first spotted in the nation’s capital in ...

How an Injured Snowy Owl Got New Feathers

Washington, D.C.‘s visiting snowy owl has had a rough couple of months, but the bird is now getting a full makeover—including some shiny new feathers. The two-year-old bird was first spotted in the nation’s capital in ...

Surprise: Elephants Comfort Upset Friends

The short list of animals that console stressed-out friends just got longer … and heavier. Asian elephants, like great apes, dogs, certain corvids (the bird group that includes ravens), and us, have now been shown to recognize when a herd mate ...

Surprise: Elephants Comfort Upset Friends

The short list of animals that console stressed-out friends just got longer … and heavier. Asian elephants, like great apes, dogs, certain corvids (the bird group that includes ravens), and us, have now been shown to recognize when a herd mate ...

Biologists Find “Extinct” Andean Toad Alive and Well

A toad from the Andes mountains that had long been thought extinct and was known only from a single museum specimen collected in 1970 has resurfaced in Ecuador. After the initial discovery of the Tandayapa Andean toad in Ecuador’s Pichincha ...

Biologists Find “Extinct” Andean Toad Alive and Well

A toad from the Andes mountains that had long been thought extinct and was known only from a single museum specimen collected in 1970 has resurfaced in Ecuador. After the initial discovery of the Tandayapa Andean toad in Ecuador’s Pichincha ...

18-Foot-Long Monster Python Caught in Florida

What’s longer than a minivan and can swallow a whole deer for dinner? The enormous Burmese python that turned up in the Everglades this week—the second largest found in the fragile Florida wetland environment within the last year. ...