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Red-eyed tree frogs lay their eggs on leaves above ponds. When their eggs hatch, the tadpoles drop into the water below. This process can take hours except when the eggs are under threat. Learn more:http://scim.ag/21n2rKT
With their ornately-colored bodies, rhythmic pulsations, and booty-shaking dance moves, male peacock spiders attract the attention of spectating females as well as researchers. One such animal behavior specialist, Madeline Girard, collected more than 30 different peacock spider species from the wilds of Australia and brought them back to her lab at UC Berkeley. Under controlled conditions, she recorded their unique dances in the hopes of deciphering what these displays actual say to a female spider and how standards differ between species.
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This is a fascinating look at how squirrels find their buried caches of food.
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Jacobs, Lucia F., and Emily R. Liman. “Grey squirrels remember the locations of buried nuts.” Animal Behaviour 41.1 (1991): 103-110.
Delgado, Mikel M., et al. “Fox squirrels match food assessment and cache effort to value and scarcity.” PloS one 9.3 (2014): e92892.