The Big, Bad Book of Beasts: The World's Most Curious Creatures

By Michael Largo

The world's wildest number of animal wisdom and lore!

Lions, and tigers, and bears . . . and dinosaurs, dragons, and monsters. Oh my!

For countless numbers of years, the most well-liked books within the Western global subsequent to the Bible have been "bestiaries," fanciful encyclopedias amassing all of human wisdom and mythology concerning the animal state. In those pages, eagles and elephants lived subsequent to griffins and sea monsters. Now, in The significant, undesirable booklet of Beasts, award-winning writer Michael Largo has up-to-date the medieval bestsellers for the twenty-first century, illuminating little-known evidence, marvelous secrets and techniques, and peculiar superstitions in regards to the beasts that inhabit our world—and hang-out our imaginations. you are going to find out about the largest computer virus ever, the smallest animal on the planet, and the true creatures that encouraged the fabled unicorns. you will find how birds discovered to fly, why cats rub opposed to your legs, and 1000 different proof that would make you examine nature in a perfectly new way.

Did you know?

The quickest animal on the earth is the peregrine falcon, which reaches speeds of over 2 hundred miles consistent with hours.

Circus ringmaster P.T. Barnum fooled many while he displayed a "mermaid" carcass that was once later proved to be monkey bones sewed including the physique of a fish.

Discovered in a distant volcanic crater in New Guinea, the Bosavi wolly rat grows to the scale of a cat.

President Andrew Jackson obtained an African grey parrot to maintain his spouse corporation. The poultry outlived them either and was once faraway from Jackson's funeral for cussing in either English and Spanish.

A to Z: From Aardvark to Zooplankton!

For all ages!

Includes 289 illustrations!

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Considering the fact that there are such a lot of sorts of ants, definite behavior fluctuate, yet all ants are social animals and will live on in simple terms as a colony. Thief ants are the smallest ant, no greater than 1/16 inch, whereas sausage ants (named for his or her overbloated abdomens) are the most important, starting to be to over 2 inches. the biggest colony of ants belongs to the Argentine ants, with one colony stretching for 3,700 miles. Ants are available in 3 kinds: the queen; winged male infantrymen, which additionally may be assigned as associates for the queen; and employee ants, that are all adult females. even supposing specific behavior of ant species differ—some colonies, for instance, have a couple of queen—ant society is damaged down into castes, in which person ants are assigned very particular roles and tasks. An ant hardly has an opportunity to alter its prestige in the colony and needs to practice the functionality it used to be given for the rest of its existence. If ants assault one other colony and win, they shipping the enemy’s eggs as warfare booty again to their nest, hatch them, and make the captured ants their slaves. A queen, as soon as so enthroned, has just one job—lay eggs. she will produce 1000000 eggs in her generally three-year lifestyles span. men allowed to mate with the queen die almost immediately after. while the queen herself dies, the colony is doomed, and all staff and squaddies perish inside a couple of months. a few queen ants have really lengthy lives—over thirty years—while a regular employee ant lives for roughly 3 months. You’ll by no means see an ant out within the rain—they comprehend while inclement climate is drawing close sooner than a cloud seems within the sky. * * * paintings of Ant struggle a few ants plan assaults on neighboring colonies and use diverse strategies to accomplish victory. The Argentina ants, with supersize colonies, will go through a territory they need to obtain, laying waste to greater than one million enemy ants inside of someday. different ants were recognized to encircle an adversary’s nest and easily wait, letting no ants in or out. whilst the colony lower than siege loses its wits and begins working round in a disorganized frenzy, the attacking ants circulate in for a simple win. * * * * * * Farmer Ants Fossil facts means that ants flourished for one hundred fifty million years and have been underfoot while dinosaurs governed. additionally they have practiced a sort of farming for 70 million years, lengthy prior to humans inspiration plant cultivation was once the main trustworthy technique to receive nutrition. Ants plant seeds of varied crops that experience candy sap or include nutrition really good to their vitamin. they could additionally produce chemical substances to chase away fungus and kill mould to guard their vegetation. furthermore, ants particular to be farmers are assigned to quite a few fertilizing tasks, they usually know the way to exploit their very own waste or manure from different animals, that is unfold round to nourish seedlings. Ants even hire sap-sucking bugs and aphids, wearing them on their backs to reap their plants. After the aphids suck the vegetation’ fluid, the ants consume them. * * * * * * Ant-Lion historical books on usual background describe a prehistoric species of enormous antlike insect that had mated with a lion.

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