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Subhana’llah: Fireflies (IMAGES)

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info-pictogram1 Fireflies emit light mostly to attract mates, although they also communicate for other reasons as well, such as to defend territory and warn predators away. In some firefly species, only one sex lights up. In most, however, both sexes glow; often the male will fly, while females will wait in trees, shrubs and grasses to spot an attractive male. If she finds one, she’ll signal it with a flash of her own.

– Fireflies eat other fireflies.
– Fireflies have short lifespans (1 year).
– Fireflies are found on almost every continent.
– Fireflies are medically and scientifically useful.

RELATED: GLOWING FIREFLIES (Video)

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Ecuador’s thirst for oil threatens wildlife (Video)

info-pictogram1 Ecuador’s Yasuni National Park park is a refuge to more than twenty types of endangered mammals, and a single hectare of forest is home to more than 100,000 species of insects. More amazingly, an estimated eighty percent of the species living in there are still unknown to scientists. But now, the threat of oil extraction means those species could be destroyed before they are even discovered. Al Jazeera’s David Mercer reports from the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve.

Half Albino Peacock (IMAGE/VIDEO)

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info-pictogram1 Habitat: Forests and rain forests
Food: Grain, insects, small reptiles and mammals, berries, figs, leaves, seeds, and flower parts
Size: 27 to 51 inches long, depending on species
Babies: Are called peachicks!

Documentary: Plants Behaving Badly – Murder and Mayhem (Video)

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Mosquito Miracle in Qur’an (Video)

Subhana’llah: Carnivorous Plant – Sundews (IMAGES)

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info-pictogram1 Sundews are beautiful, carnivorous plants that eat insects. Carnivorous plants are usually found in one or two regions, but the approximately 130 species of sundew plants grow all over the world.

Subhana’llah: Ants (IMAGE)

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info-pictogram1 Ants are capable of carrying objects 50 times their own body weight with their mandibles. Ants use their diminutive size to their advantage. Relative to their size, their muscles are thicker than those of larger animals or even humans. This ratio enables them to produce more force and carry larger objects. If we had muscles in the proportions of ants, we’d be able to heave a Hyundai over our heads! Researchers Bert Hölldobler and Edward O. Wilson estimate that there are upwards of 10,000,000,000,000,000 individual ants alive on Earth at any given time.

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Subhana’llah: Siamese Fighting Fish (IMAGES)

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info-pictogram1 The Siamese fighting fish, also sometimes colloquially known as the betta (Betta splendens), is a species in the gourami family which is popular as an aquarium fish. Siamese fighting fish have upturned mouths and are primarily carnivorous surface feeders, although some vegetable matter may be eaten. In the wild, they feed on zooplankton, crustaceans, and the larvae of mosquitoes and other water-bound insects

Carnivorous Plants Lure Insects Into Their Deadly Clutches (VIDEO)

info-pictogram1 These carnivorous plants make light work of any insects that stray into their deadly clutches. This set showcases an array of bug-eating plants, from the Venus flytrap – beloved of children the world over – to the Cape sundew, which lures insect life in with drops of sweet-smelling fluid on the highly-adhesive tentacles that line its leaves. Surrounding tentacles then move to further ensnare the insect, before glands on the leaf start to release digestive enzymes – liquefying the insect’s internal organs and allowing them to be digested by the plant.