Animal of the day – 12/04/2018 – The Coding Moth

The animal of the day is the Coding Moth. (Did you know: This moth is alot more popular than you think! You probably know more about it’s baby, aka the apple worm.

Unlike other caterpillars, the larvae of the coding moth can’t eat leaves, so they eat the fruit instead. Mama moth lays the eggs right on the skin of the fruit.

If you see these on your apple…maybe don’t eat it.

Baby Coding Moth…messing up your apple

Don’t be too grossed out. Odds are, if you’ve eaten apple or pears, you’ve probably eaten one accidently without even knowing it. Don’t worry, they’re harmless to ingest. (And won’t turn into a moth in your tummy.)

Some people even LOOK for apples with these larvae in them to make special cider.

 

 

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A day @ the Denver Museum of Art – 12/01/2018

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Animal of the day – 11/30/2018 – The Karakurt Spider

The animal of the day is the Karakurt Spider. (Did you know: This is one of the 10 most poisonous spiders in the world, and the MOST poisonous spider in Russia! It’s a relative of the Black Widow.

If you get bitten, right after the bite (within two minutes at the most), you can hold a burning match against the bitten place and any poison that has not already penetrated into the body is destroyed by the heat.

This method is vital if medical assistance is not accessible. In all other cases, urgent hospitalization is recommended.

Like their black widow cousins, males take a huge risk while mating. Males generally cohabit with a female for a long period of time, provide energy demanding courtship displays, and at times cannibalized by the female after mating.

 

Animal of the day – 11/20/2018 – The Box Jellyfish

The animal of the day is the Box Jellyfish. (Did you know: While ALL jellyfish are venemous, this guy is the MOST venemous jellyfish on the planet. The australian big box jelly will kill a full grown human in 2 minutes.

Note: If you’re a turtle, you’re ok! Thanks to thick skin, turtles are not affected by box jellyfish stings. In fact, only their eyes can be stung.  <Insert obligatory joke about Crush and Squirt from Finding Nemo here>

And if you’re lucky enough to get help in time, those stingers take a nasty toll on human skin.

Really graphic picture of skin with Dermatinecrosis after this link

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Fantastic Beast of the day – 11/16/2018 – The Pukwudgie

The Fantastic Beast of the day is the Pukwudgie. (Did you know: These fiercely indepentant creatures are distant relatives of the European goblin.

They are exceptionally dangerous and secretive creatures, who have a tradition that expects them not to reveal their true names to outsiders.

The Pukwudgie is also the symbol for one of the four Ilvermorny houses. Also happens to be MY Ilvermorny house! Go Pukwudgies! We got no time for Horned Serpants in this house!

The Pukwudgie is a creature that appears in the folklore of various indigenous peoples of North America, notably the Wampanoag. It is typically described as two-to-three-feet tall and human-shaped, but with a larger nose, ears, and fingers and smooth, grey skin that sometimes glows. Its magical abilities include disappearing and reappearing, partial or complete transformation into a porcupine or cougar, and creating fire.

Animal of the day – 11/15/2018 – The White Stork

The animal of the day is the White Stork. (Did you know: These storks are quite friendly to humans and are known to roost high in buildings in Europe. They are in fact, so used to humans, that some of the storks have stopped migrating in the winter, instead staying and subsiding on junk food and trash from muggles.

In Germany, the presence of a strok nest on a house was believed to protect against fires. They were also protected because of the belief that their souls were human.

Animal of the day – 11/09/2018 – The Addax

The animal of the day is the Addax. (Did you know: These residents of the Sahara desert have great adaptations for dealing with the harsh dry environment. They have special pouches lining their stomachs that retain water, and their urine is super concentrated so they don’t go often!

They actually rarely drink water, getting all the h2o they need from the plants they eat!

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