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5 Animals That Come Out to Play in the Summer

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4. Bagders

Primarily found in North America, Asia and Europe, badgers are nocturnal animals that love nothing more than frolicking around in the warm summer evenings. Over the winter months, they store enough food in their burrows to wake up and eat, before heading straight back into their slumber. Dining on a selection of both animal and plant food, badgers are omnivorous animals that feast on several hundred earthworms every night. These social creatures live together in huge underground setts inherited from their parents that feature a series of interlocking tunnels with several entrances, nest chambers and toilets. They are constantly refining and expanding their setts, some of which are centuries old!

Did you know? – Badgers are ferocious animals that will even pick a fight with a bear or wolf.


5. Moths

Hibernating in clusters and sleeping in cracks or creeks in the wood, moths must undergo both physiological and behavioral adaptations to survive the treacherous winter months, each of which occurs at a different stage in the moth’s life cycle. When the sun finally returns and the flowers begin to bloom once again, moths and their equally impressive counterparts, butterflies, are the first to tuck into the summer’s delights.

Did you know? – A male moth can smell a female more than 7 miles away!

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4:28AM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

6:55PM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

I'd love to hibernate thru winter

5:55AM PDT on May 28, 2013

They are all so precious and beautiful, and we are so blessed to have them. We have to keep on fighting for all of them. The planet depends on them. We must love them and take care of them.

4:10AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

7:53PM PDT on May 27, 2013

precious

10:56PM PDT on May 26, 2013

thanks

5:26PM PDT on May 26, 2013

thanks for sharing

3:11AM PDT on May 26, 2013

What’s far more significant in the ecological “real world” (that is, those regions whose present-day soils actually resemble the soil cover the planet has had for the circa 95 percent of history when there have been no polar ice caps, comprising Australia and sub-Saharan Africa) are those animals that enter daily torpor during the non-active phase of their life cycle.

Living on the impoverished soils revealed by a limited paleopedological record to have been universal until the Antarctic Ice Sheet formed 30 million years ago after 250 million years free of polar ice caps, animals like mousebirds in Africa and dunnarts in arid Australia must lower their already relatively low body temperature whenever inactive. This enables them to use only the very limited energy on these geologically “average” soils, and is a complete contrast to the extreme seasonal flushed of productivity on soils that are geologically off the top of the map in fertility.

2:11PM PDT on May 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing, good information to know :) I saw a huge possum the other night not far from my house, strange because we are in a small city.

1:43PM PDT on May 25, 2013

Saw little girl dressed as a bee at the March Against Monsanto today! We must defeat Bayer, Dow, Monsatan, et al / convert them into organic by refusing to give our money towards anything that is affiliated wtith pesticides and poisons. Once they realize there is no profit to be had from us consumers any longer, they will switch over to whatever feeds their coffers. ORGANIC (veg'n), especially) will save all living beings, waters, soils, earth, forests....

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