My daughter asked me the other day if you cut an earthworm in two will it grow back again? And will you have two worms? Suddenly the whole family is in on the act with talk of geckos tails and why we can’t grow back a limb. So to dispel
What is in a hug? More than you might think! We all know that a hug is a good way of expressing love, affection, jubilation, happiness, sympathy, comfort or friendship; hugs can cheer us up and strengthen relationships but the science behind
Some people see them as the scourge of their flower bed, others as a natural and wild source of food and medicine but what exactly is a weed and are they really just a plant growing in the wrong place?
There is no biological definition for a weed
We found this little visitor in our house the other day… a nice big Bumble Bee… all Apiphobics look away now!
I think the poor guy woke a bit too early and was taking refuge in the warmth of our house!
There are about 20 different species
This is one of my favourite quotes …
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
- Firstly, we are looking at the fairly recent domestication of the species; in the wild it is likely that roosters would be naturally part of the flock and all eggs produced would be fertilized. In the domestic situation roosters are often not present but the evolution of the hen has not (as yet anyway) been modified!
If we look at egg production in any species we will notice that eggs are usually released and developed in a cyclic manner (we humans are no different). If you see this cyclic process as being wasteful at times then the label will fit for most animals, not just the humble hen!
Finally, you could suggest that it is a downside to the evolution of the egg shell! Animals that produce soft shelled eggs usually have a requirement for water in the reproductive process. In fact, for many of these species the eggs are fertilized outside the female body. Although the addition of an egg shell removed the dependence on water for reproduction, it also removed the possibility of fertilisation once the egg is laid!
So there you have it, these are some of my thoughts on the subject. I am not suggesting that any of these points are backed up with scientific findings…. the are just the random thoughts of this simple scientist! Maybe you have your own theories
As a mother of three young children I have had many charming moments that I feel I will remember forever…. first steps, first words, how they pronounced a certain word, the list is endless. Memories to cherish for a lifetime…. and then
Week 1st – 7th April 2013
Did you guess this weeks CAN YOU NAME THIS CREATURE?I got some correct responses…. it was a thorn bug ( a treehopper). These bugs can be found on all continents except Antartica. As you can see from the photo, they are excellent mimics of thorns on the plants and trees on which they feed.
These thorn-like protrusions on their backs act as a wonderful camouflage to prevent detection by predators. They also act as protective armour if attacked. These
Week 25th – 31st March
Last weeks “can you name this creature?” image was supplied by Molly, who is ten years old. Molly spotted this in her garden and, with the help of her Dad, Michael at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/naturelearn?group_id=0