Halloween is almost upon us, so The Nature Nook will be looking at creatures with more macabre and sinister behaviours than usual. We’ll be starting off proceedings with this insect, a burying beetle from the genus Nicrophorus. These fascinating little creatures are the recyclers and undertakers of the insect world.
Deep in the dense tropical rainforests of the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa, there lurks a very curious creature. With its long legs and predominantly dark brown coat of short fur, it looks, at first glance, a bit like a horse, though a second look will reveal a somewhat deer-like face atop a relatively long, flexible neck, and, most strikingly, horizontal white stripes on its upper legs and rump.
Wait, what? Scorpions in the UK? Surely not! Aren’t scorpions only found in hot, dry environments? Well, it’s certainly true that scorpion diversity is greatest in subtropical regions, but these tough little arachnids actually live on all major landmasses apart from Greenland and Antarctica, and in virtually every terrestrial habitat.