Joined: Dec 9, 2015
Rosemary Mosco is a science communicator. She writes about biology for mental_floss and makes a webcomic about nature and one about urban ecology (with artist Maris Wicks, who drew her profile picture). When she's not thinking about creative ways to discuss science, she's picking her way through the forest, flipping through field guides and trying to identify everything she sees. She especially loves butterflies, snakes, and ferns.
As biology has developed, some of our common plant and animal names have turned out to be pretty far off the mark.
Some butterflies drink tears, eat poop, wear false heads, and kill to survive.
These tiny insects come in eye-popping shapes.
Their slime is actually liquid crystal.
You won't get fooled again.
Known as the furry, flying mascots of Halloween, bats have an unfair reputation as blood-sucking monsters. (Only a few actually drink blood, you know). Get face to face with some of the most bizarre bats in the world.
They poke each other in the eye as a bonding gesture. They throw rocks at their monkey crushes. They wash with pee. What's not to love?
These plants bite back.
Some critters get their hues from their diet.
Glaciers are responsible for creating some of the world’s most well-known natural features: Loch Ness, Walden Pond, Plymouth Rock, and more.
They're huge, antisocial, and fond of stealing your silverware when you're not looking. Meet the colossal coconut crab, one of Earth's largest arthropods.
Scientists can scan their coats like bar codes.