Episode 34 – Japanese Honey Bee: Hot Hugs From Murderbugs

Being a honey bee means that you can get organic honey without paying the Trader Joe’s prices. But that doesn’t mean life is going to be easy. When predators barge through your hive’s front door, you need to bee like the Japanese Honey Bee and keep a trick hidden up your thorax. It’s just how a busy bee survives in Life, Death, and Taxonomy. Art by xnamaru Music: Eternity by…

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Episode 32 – Geography Cone Snail: A Diabetical Evil

Imagine you’re enjoying a happy little snorkel off the coast of Australia. You’re obviously keeping an eye out for jellies and sharks, but—wait, what’s that? You see the beautifully intricate patterns of a snail shell on the ocean floor. You pick it up, but if it’s a cone snail, you’re in for a surprise. Considered one of the most venomous animals in the world, the geography cone snail won’t think…

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Episode 31 – Barn Owl: The Sneaky Screech

A predator needs to be fast. The ever-alert prey of the fields and forests always have an ear and eye out for potential threats. If you’re not fast, there’s only one thing you can do, fly under the radar of those ears and eyes. Barn owls have adapted to forgo speed in favor of stealth. But how can they fly through the forest without being seen or heard by vigilant…

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Episode 30 – Hoatzin: The Fowl-Smelling Tree Cow

If you’re walking through the Amazonian rainforest and you start to smell the undeniable fragrance of fresh manure, you may want to check the trees before you start scanning the forest floor for farm animals. The Hoatzin bird is the only bird in the world that eats and digests leaves like a cow. These birds look weird, smell bad, and have a poor work ethic, but what else did you…

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Episode 29 – Humpback Whale: Krill or be Krilled

The ocean is a vast world filled with perils, including an array of large, voracious predators looking to make a meal out of anything they can get their jaws around. But there’s one aquatic avenger that seems to answer the call to protect and surf. The Humpback Whale is a creature with sophisticated intelligence but could it be advanced enough to feel empathy? A trait that’s truly rare in Life,…

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Episode 28 – Photuris Firefly: From Dusk Till Dawn

Imagine you’re a male firefly and you only have a month or so to find your soulmate. You flash your lights and strut your stuff, but nothing comes of it. Then, a ray of hope shines as you witness the tantalizing bioluminescent strobe patterns of your one true love. You buzz forth only to find a female of a different species who is much more interested in chomping down than…

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Episode 27 – American Bison: The Star Spangled Buffalo

The vast amber waves of grain seem an unceasing sea of unbroken golden wheat and prairie grases. But a mighty beasts roams this American savanna, framed by a blue mountain backdrop. It’s size dwarfs most other creatures on the continent and it’s appetite is nearly insaciable. But big, brown, and bearded are the qualities America’s largest animal needs to survive in Life, Death, and Taxonomy. Art by xnamaru

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Episode 26 – Tube Worm: Blood Plumes Near Magma Fumes

If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Or, at least, get some distance between you and that molten underwater volcano. But there’s one animal that can not only take the heat, it needs it to survive. The tube worm is a weird-looking matchstick at the bottom of the ocean, and it’s just dying for some of those sweet sweet thermal vents. But that’s just how it…

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