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1. Ants are social insects and most live in colonies which can be extremely large consisting of millions of members…there are about 20,000 different species of ants and they can be found almost anywhere and in every biome.

2. There are three different kinds of ants… the queen, and she has one purpose and that is to mate and spends her entire life laying eggs… the second kind of ant is the male who mates with the queen and they don't live very long… the third kind of ant is the female worker and she cannot produce young but she is the one that builds the mounds and supplies the colony with food.

3. Most ants build some type of mound to live in… many dig their mounds in the dirt or sand…some use twigs to make them stronger… some ants live in fallen logs or trees…most ants build a system of tunnels under their mound which connect rooms, or chambers, they use for specific purposes…some of the chambers are used to store food and some are used as nurseries…the rooms are used as resting places for the worker.

4. The ant's body is made up of three parts… the head, trunk and metasoma, or rear.

5. Each ant has six legs that are attached to the trunk.

6. An ant has eyes that allow them to see extremely well because of the many lenses.

7. An ant's antennae are also very special…they allow the ant to hear, taste, touch and smell…ants use their antennae to touch one another, which is the way they communicate.

8. Ants do not have lungs so they breathe through tiny holes all over their body…the blood inside an ant travels through one long tube that runs from its head to its rear…the nerve cord also runs from the head of the ant to its rear.

9. When ant colonies are moving or when they have found a source of food, ants leave a scent trail for other ants to follow, and this happens when an ant secretes a chemical called a pheromone.

10. Ants have been able to survive on the earth for more than 100 million years…not many other species have been able to adapt as well as the ant in order to survive as long.


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1. Bats are the only mammals that are able to fly and their extremely long fingers are connected.

2. The smallest bat has a body that is about 1 inch long and the largest bat has wings that span 6 feet.

3. There are over 1,000 species of bats, and they can be found worldwide… which is almost one quarter of all mammal species. and can be found in every biome except for the polar regions and extreme desserts.

4. They are a long-living mammal, and some bats can live to be thirty years old.

5. Bats live in caves, buildings, trees and the crevices of rocks.

6. They fly at night and use echolocation to find food and travel safely…they send out sounds that bounce off objects and travel back to them… they can tell the size of the object and how far away it's located.

7. A baby bat is called a pup, and the mother bat usually only has one baby at a time… the pups are born and cared for in colonies where the female bats gather together… the male bats do not participate in caring for the pups.

8. Bats are extremely important to the ecosystem… 70% of all bats eat millions of insects each night.

9. Bats feed on fruit, nectar, fish, small birds, lizards, frog and other bats… there are even two species of vampire bats… they live in South America and feed on blood.

10. The greatest threat to bats are people…. many people fear bats and try to destroy them… since bats play a huge role in keeping the insect population under control, it is very important they are protected.





Fast Facts Resources

Bat World
Defenders of Wildlife


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1.  Bears are large mammals that eat mostly meat and fish…. many also eat plants, bulbs, and insects.  

2.  The polar bear eats mostly meat, and is classified as carnivores, while the panda feeds almost entirely on bamboo and is classified as an herbivore… the six other species of bear eat both plants and animals and are classified as omnivorous.  

3.  There are only eight living species of bears and they can be found throughout most of the world.

4.  Bears have large bodies, stocky legs, a long snout, shaggy hair, paws with claws, and a short tail.

5.  Even though bears are big and heavy, they can run very fast and are also good at climbing and swimming.

6.  Bears have a large brain and are one of the more intelligent mammals.

7.  Bears take a long sleep in the winter similar to hibernation… they will sleep in their dens and a mother bear will also have her cubs in a den.

8.  Bear cubs are born in litters of 1 to 3 and usually stay with their mothers for about 3 years… bears live alone except when a female has cubs… a mother bear will defend her cubs ferociously if they are threatened.

9.  Polar bears and grizzly bears can be dangerous to people, especially when they are sharing a habitat, but for the most part, bears are shy and are easily frightened of humans.

10. Laws have been passed in many areas of the world to protect bears from hunters and the destruction of their habitat.



Fast Facts Resources
Yellowstone Bear World
Defenders of Wildlife:  Grizzly Bears


]]> (Jan Belzer) Animals Sun, 28 Jan 2007 16:59:44 -0600

















1. Bees are flying insects that are closely related to wasps and ants and there almost 20,000 species….honeybee, bumblebee and sweat bees are the most common.

2. Bees are found on every continent except Antarctica and in every habitat that has flowering plants.

3. Bees feed on nectar and pollen by using a long tongue.

4. Bees have antennae, two pairs of wings, enlarged hind feet, branched or feathered body hair, and some have a stinger.

5. Bees are adapted for feeding on pollen which they turn into honey (a worker bee must visit 4,000 flowers to make 1 tablespoon of honey).

6. Bees play a very important role in pollinating flowering plants and have fuzzy bodies that allows the pollen to stick to the bee.

7. The smallest bee is the dwarf bee which is about 2.1 mm (5/64 of an inch) long and the largest bee can grow to 39 mm (1.5 inches).

8. Crab spiders and assassin bugs hide in the flowers to capture the bees which makes collecting pollen dangerous work, but the primary reason honey bees are endangered is because of parasites.

9. Honey bees and bumble bees live in hives or colonies which at their peak can have up to 40,000 bees……..the colony is made up of one queen bee, thousands of female worker bees which do not breed, and hundreds male drone bees.

10. A honey bee queen may lay 2000 eggs per day during the spring but she also must lay 1000 to 1500 eggs per day when the bees are out gathering pollen to replace daily casualties.














Fast Facts Resources
Wikipedia:  Bees
Everything About Bees
Bees and Wasps 


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1. Birds are bipedal animals, which means they have two feet and can stand, walk, and run.

2. There are about 10,000 living species making them the most numerous vertebrates and they inhabit ecosystems all over the world including the Arctic and Antarctica… many of the species migrate long distances.

3. They are warm-blooded animals that can lay eggs… eggs are usually laid in a nest and are incubated by the parents… most birds take care of their young for an extended length of time after hatching.

4. Birds have feathers and a beak with no teeth.

5. Birds have a very lightweight but strong skeleton.

6. Birds have forelimbs that are covered with feathers and are called wings… the wings and lightweight skeleton allows them to fly.

7. Birds range in size from the 2 inch Bee Hummingbird to the Ostrich which can grow to 9 feet tall.

8. Birds are also social animals which participate in social behaviors… they are known to work together in breeding, flocking, hunting and mobbing predators that threaten them.

9. They communicate using songs and calls… they can also communicate by using visual signals, such as quickly flapping their wings.

10. About 120–130 species have become extinct since the 17th century, and hundreds more before then… their extinction is blamed on human activity… currently, about 1,200 species of birds are threatened with extinction, though efforts are underway to protect them.

Fast Facts Resources

Smithsonian:  National Zoological Park 

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1. Buffalo live mostly on the plains, but some are known to inhabit river valleys as well as forests… buffalo, bison, played an important role on the North American plains for many years.

2. True buffalo only live in Asia and Africa.

3. Plains Indians used every part of the buffalo to help them survive… hides were used for clothing, blankets and shelters… meat was used for food… bones were used for tools and toys… horns were used for cups and spoons… tendons were used for thread and bowstrings… buffalo chips were used for fuel.

4. Buffalo can be 6 to 7 feet long, stand from 5 to 6 feet tall and weigh up to 2,000 pounds… their size makes them the largest animal living in North America.

5. Buffalo's tail can be almost three feet long, and they use it to swap at pesky bugs.

6. Thick brown fur keeps them warm on the frigid and frozen plains during the winter months.

7. Buffalo also has a large hump on its back.

8. Buffalo are herbivores and feed on about 60 pounds of plant material and grasses a day.

9. Buffalo are considered to be an adult when they reach 3 years old… adults mate from July to October and it takes nine months for the calf to be born… when the calves are born they are a light tan color… they follow and are dependent on their mother for a least one year.

10. Buffalo can live to be 30 years old.















Fast Facts Resources




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1.  Insects are arthropods and there are over 1 million species, representing over 90% of all living things on the earth… they may be found in nearly all environments on the planet.

2.  Insects are divided into 32 groups and the largest group is the beetle… 1 out of every 4 insects is a beetle
Insects have three body parts…. a head, a chest or thorax, and a stomach or abdomen… they have six jointed legs, two antennae, and an exoskeleton which has sense organs for sensing light, sound, temperature, wind, pressure, and smell.

3.  Most insects can fly… they do not have lungs… most have compound eyes… they are cold-blooded… insects were the earliest organisms to produce sounds and to sense them.

4.  Insects are the only group of invertebrates to have developed flight.

5.  Insects eat more plants than any animal on earth… they eat dead plants and animals… they are a main source of food for many other animals… they are useful because they produce honey, wax, silk and other products… they pollenate flowers and crops… they are a problem to farmers because they destroy crops… they carry disease… they are a major pest to animals and people.

7.  Some insects, like ants and bees, live in colonies… most insects live independently… most insects lead short lives as adults, and rarely interact with one another except to mate, or compete for mates.

8.  Most insects hatch from eggs.

9.  160 insect species are either presumed extinct or missing.

10.  Insects usually go through four separate life stages:  egg, larva or nymph, pupa, and adult… eggs are laid one at a time or in masses, in or on plants, or even inside another insect… eventually, a larva, or nymph emerges from the egg… in many species of wasps, unfertilized eggs become males, while fertilized eggs become females… insects may reproduce by laying eggs, or in some species, the eggs hatch inside the female and are born     a short time later… most species of insects have males and females that mate and reproduce sexually… when there aren't any males, females of some species may still reproduce.







Entomology for Beginners
Gentoo Bug Tracking System
Going Bug-gy! 
Fast Facts Resources 



]]> (Jan Belzer) Animals Sat, 10 Feb 2007 13:57:08 -0600



1. Butterflies are insects, but large scaly wings set them apart…wings allow them to fly but only when their body temperature is above 86 degrees… fastest butterflies can fly up to 30 miles per hour.

2. Scientists estimate that there are 28,000 species of butterflies throughout the world.

3. Most are found in tropical rainforests, but they can live in all climates and altitudes of the world… butterflies do migrate to avoid cold weather.

4. Many believe butterflies got their name because they would fly around the buckets of milk on farms… while the milk was being churned into butter, many noticed these flying insects would appear and soon they were being called butterflies.

5. Butterflies have three body parts, like all other insects: the head, the thorax (chest), and the abdomen (bottom)…the butterfly's four wings and six legs are attached to the thorax.

6. Butterflies are colorful for many reasons…colors help them attract a mate and absorb heat… color also helps them blend in among the flowers when they are feeding.

7. Butterflies change four times during their lives… changes are called metamorphosis… born as an egg (stage 1)… turns into a caterpillar, or larvae (stage 2)… caterpillar will eat constantly… it loves leaves and flowers and will grow and grow through this stage of its life… as it grows, it skin will spilt and molt or shed its skin… when the caterpillar has grown several thousand times its original size, it goes into a resting stage… this is when the caterpillar becomes a pupa, or chrysalis (stage 3)… finally, the chrysalis breaks open and a butterfly comes out (stage 4)… the adult butterfly will begin the process all over again by laying eggs.

8. Most butterflies live on the nectar and pollen from flowers.

9. Butterflies have a long, flexible, tube-like tongue that goes down into the nectar of the flower… they suck the nectar up through this tongue.

10. Female butterflies are usually larger than males and they live longer… butterflies can live anywhere from 2 days to 11 months.  




Fast Facts Resources

The Butterfly Website
Children's Butterfly Site


]]> (Jan Belzer) Animals Sat, 10 Feb 2007 11:09:58 -0600

1.  Camels are even-toed ungulates that have one or two humps… the one-humped camel, or dromedary camel, is found in the Arabian deserts of the Middle East and North Africa, while the two-humped camel, or Bactrian camel, is native to the Gobi Desert in China and the Bactrian steppes of Mongolia… another camel lives in Australia… they are feral, or wild, camels… they were dromedary camels that were imported to provide transportation… they have become a pest because they are eating the natural vegetation… the camel is related to the alpaca, llama, guanaco and vicuna… wild Bactrian camel is at extreme risk of becoming extinct.

2.  Camels were domesticated more than 3,500 years ago… many people still depend on these "ships of the desert" for transportation… they can carry over 200 pounds for 20 miles in the hot desert heat… camels have adapted to the hot, dry desert climate very nicely… thick coat also reflects sunlight, which helps to keep it from overheating… long legs also helps to keep their bodies farther away from the hot ground… double row of very long eyelashes and a clear inner eyelid which protects the eye from sandstorms while still letting in enough light for camels to see… hairs in the opening of the ear to help stop blowing sand from filling up their ears… they can also close their nostrils.

3.  Camels do not store water in their humps… the hump is actually a reservoir of fatty tissue… when this tissue is metabolized, it acts as a source of energy, and yields more than 1 gallon of water for each 1 gallon of fat that is converted… their kidneys and intestine are able to hold water… because of this ability, the camel can live in very dry and hot climates and go without water for long periods of time.

4.  When camels walk they move both legs on one side of their body and then the other… their feet are also flat and wide… both of these features help them from sinking into the sand… camels are powerful runners and can reach the speed of 40 miles per hour in a short burst, which is as fast as a horse… they can cruise along at 25 miles per hour when running for a distance.

5.  Bactrian camels grow a shaggy coat in the winter to protect them from the freezing cold… in the extremely hot summer they shed their coats… they can survive from minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 29 degrees Celsius) in the winter to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius) in the summer.

6.  Camels can grow to be 7 feet tall at the hump… the hump can be 30 inches tall and they can live to be 80 years old.

7.  Camels don't really spit but are actually bringing the contents of their stomach along with saliva and project it out… they do this to scare or distract whatever it is that is threatening them… camels can moan, groan, bleat, bellow and roar… they also make a rumbling growl.

8.  Camels are herbivores… because they live in the dessert, they have to be able to eat desert plants… thorny cacti would cause other animals a great deal of difficulty.

9.  Humans have used camels for their wool, milk, meat, leather, and even dung that can be used for fuel… camel milk is an important food of the desert nomadic tribes… a camel can provide a large amount of meat for these people also… the camel's hump is considered a delicacy in these cultures.

10.  A mother camel gives birth in 12 - 14 months to one calf… when the calf is born it weighs 80 pounds and is most often pure white… it takes the calf several hours before it can stand up… males reach maturity between 6 and 8 years… females reach maturity in 3 years.


Fast Facts Resources:
San Diego Zoo
All About Camels 


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1.  Cats are felines and the ones that have been domesticated are known as house cats.

They are carnivores that are skilled hunters and are known to hunt over 1,000 species for food.

3.  They have been associated with humans for at least 9,500 years.

Cats are intelligent animals.

5.  Cats communicate by meowing, purring, hissing, growling, squeaking, chiring, clicking, and grunting.

6.  Cats weigh from 5.5 to 16 pounds.

7.  The hobby of breeding and showing cats is called "Cat Fancy."

8.  Domestic cats, especially young kittens, are known for their love of play.

9.  Cans can have three to five kittens in each litter.

10. Cats are known for their cleanliness and groomn
themselves by licking their fur.
















Fast Facts Resources:
National Geographic:  Cats
Cat Channel



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