biology zoology blog benno meyer rochow in warfare with odours featherlice aren_t very nice!

Featherlice aren’t very nice!

And especially not for a bird

As a teenager, I kept pigeons on the balcony for a while and actually breeding and ringing them, became quite knowledgeable in matters pigeons. My pigeon coop was right above the entrance of our house and for that reason, none of the residents appreciated my pets very much (there was always the risk that something unpleasant might drop on someone entering or leaving the house). —>—>

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Warfare with Odours

Do flowers smell to repel or to appeal?

Plants don’t like to be eaten and all of us know that therefore they use a number of tricks to minimise losses inflicted on them by herbivores and kin. Spikes, spines, needles, spicules, thorns and barbs as well as toxic substances in leaves, stems, and fruits are some of the better-known measures with which plants increase their unpalatability and thus their survival. However, not only do plants like not to be eaten, but they also have to make sure that their valuable pollen is not stolen by pollen eaters. —>—>

biology zoology blog benno meyer rochow my feral friends

My Feral Friends

What can I possibly mean by feral friends?

When we lived in Jamaica we observed exciting things through the window of our house: humming birds, lizards, banana thieves sneaking into our garden from the nearby gully, fireflies, cattle egrets and … feral dogs! The word “feral” has nothing to do with ‘ferocious’ or ‘feline’ (= cat-like), but describes any domesticated animals that has reverted back to a wild or semi-wild state. —>—>