Download e-book for iPad: An Encyclopedia of Incredible Animals by Karen Macey

By Karen Macey

Animals have inhabited each nook of the globe, together with a few of the world’s cruelest environments. From the driest deserts to the frozen tundra of the polar ice caps, lifestyles exists at each flip. a lot of those animals are specified and own features needed for survival.

This awesome encyclopedia takes a glance at a few of the world’s most original and excellent varieties of existence. Unbelievably distinctive and subsidized through medical learn, this encyclopedia has you lined. hundreds and hundreds of illustrations and images get you an perception to those animals like you might have by no means obvious ahead of.

Want to benefit extra concerning the egg-eating snake? or even you’re e drawn to super infrequent harpy eagle? Take a better examine over 60 distinct creatures in beautiful element.

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This defensive ball, with the hornet at its center, gets hot, aided by not only the bees vibrating their wing muscles but also by a chemical they produce. The hornet, unlike the bees, cannot tolerate the high temperature, and before long, it dies and the location of the Japanese honeybees’ nest dies with it. 25 mm stinger. The venom attacks the nervous system and the tissues of its victim, resulting in localized tissue damage where the flesh is actually broken down. A sting from this insect requires hospital treatment, and on average, 40 people are killed every year after being stung by giant hornets, due to anaphylactic shock.

This amazing natural phenomenon begs the question, well what about the native Japanese honeybees? Do they get attacked? The answer is no, and the reason is particularly neat. The hornet will approach the hive of the Japanese honeybee and attempt to leave a pheromone marker. The Japanese honeybees sense this and emerge from their hive in an angry cloud. The worker bees form a tight ball, which may contain 500 individuals, around the marauding hornet. This defensive ball, with the hornet at its center, gets hot, aided by not only the bees vibrating their wing muscles but also by a chemical they produce.

Some eggs develop into heavy-headed workers with huge jaws whose job it is to defend the colony. After a few years, the nest, founded by a single female, has grown to monstrous proportions. It may descend 6 m underground, with a central nest mound more than 30 m across and smaller mounds extending out to a radius of 80 m. A single nest can take up 30–600 sq. m and contain 8 million individuals at any one time. One of these huge colonies operates like a superorganism, affecting the surrounding environment in profound ways.

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