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Queen Alexandra's birdwing is the largest butterfly in the world, with females reaching wingspans slightly in excess of 25 cm (9.8 inches). They are found in the Oro Province in eastern Papua New Guinea.

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When Snow Leopards sleep they often use their tails to cover their faces for extra warmth!

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Zombie ant fungus (Ophiocordyceps unilateralis) compels ants to leave their nest for a more humid microclimate that’s favorable to the fungus’s growth. The ant clamps onto the underside of a leaf, dies, then the fungus uses the nutrients gained from the ant to create a fruiting body to spread spores

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Lost in the sauce! The yellow-banded bumble bee (Bombus terricola), like other bumblebees, is capable of "buzz pollination," which is vital to many plants, including potatoes. Pollen is held firmly by the anthers on the flower and must be shook loose by the buzz.

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Fringe-lipped bats (Trachops cirrhosus) are very smart and hunt frogs by listening to the chunking sounds male frogs make. They are also easily trained to respond to novel stimuli, such as a ringtone or rock music, and can remember the sounds for years.

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Pallid bats were long considered to be gleaning insectivores which specialized in eating venomous arthropods like scorpions and centipedes. Newer research has found that they are also pollinators. Hundreds of plant species are pollinated by bats.

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Sabethes cyaneus is a mosquito found in tropical rainforests in South America and Costa Rica. Males do an elaborate mating dance to attract females, but attraction goes both ways. If females are missing their feathery leg warmers males will refuse to mate with them.

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Pavement ants (Tetramorium spp.) form large colonies, containing over 10,000 workers. They will fight unrelated colonies for territory and resources. The losing colony will be raided for eggs, and the ants that hatch from the spoils will become workers for the new colony.

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