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Praying Mantis Mimics Flower to Trick Prey

It may look pretty, but this “orchid” actually has a trick under its, well, leaves—it’s actually a praying mantis trying to get a meal.  Until recently, scientists weren’t sure if this flower mimic was accurate enough to ...

Praying Mantis Mimics Flower to Trick Prey

It may look pretty, but this “orchid” actually has a trick under its, well, leaves—it’s actually a praying mantis trying to get a meal.  Until recently, scientists weren’t sure if this flower mimic was accurate enough to ...

Masters of Deception: 5 Two-Faced Species

When we call a person two-faced, it’s an insult. But for some clever animals, being two-faced is a high compliment. Many animals evolve eyespots and even false heads—like the thorny devil—to look more menacing and fake out ...

Masters of Deception: 5 Two-Faced Species

When we call a person two-faced, it’s an insult. But for some clever animals, being two-faced is a high compliment. Many animals evolve eyespots and even false heads—like the thorny devil—to look more menacing and fake out ...

New Electric Fish Found, Are Wired Differently

Scientists who found two new species of electric fish in the Amazon River were stunned to discover that the two animals are, well, wired much differently. Unlike their relative the electric eel, which can generate a charge of 600 volts, these ...

New Electric Fish Found, Are Wired Differently

Scientists who found two new species of electric fish in the Amazon River were stunned to discover that the two animals are, well, wired much differently. Unlike their relative the electric eel, which can generate a charge of 600 volts, these ...

Plants “Hear” Herbivores Coming—and Prepare

By Kate Horowitz At the first whiff of a mountain lion, a mouse might scamper away, a rabbit might freeze, and a stray dog might prepare for a fight. These instinctive responses, so crucial to survival, are surprisingly common: New ...