Weird Things Animals Do

The title says it all really :) We're collecting teaching resources from the Learning Hub about animals (mostly New Zealand animals) that do weird stuff. #WeirdThingsAnimalsDo
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Crab larvae listen out for noises – like the snapping of kina mounths – to work out where to settle.

Crab larvae listen out for noises – like the snapping of kina mounths – to work out where to settle.

Sea slugs can accumulate huge doses of poison (tetrodotoxin) within their bodies – and we don't yet know how

Sea slugs can accumulate huge doses of poison (tetrodotoxin) within their bodies – and we don't yet know how

New Zealand's longfin eels journey thousands of kilometres to a mystery site to spawn.

New Zealand's longfin eels journey thousands of kilometres to a mystery site to spawn.

This fungus mummifies caterpillars, then grows its spores within the corpse.

This fungus mummifies caterpillars, then grows its spores within the corpse.

The New Zealand pea crab 'tickles' green-lipped mussels, sometimes for hours on end, to gain entry.

The New Zealand pea crab 'tickles' green-lipped mussels, sometimes for hours on end, to gain entry.

Honey bees do a complicated dance to tell others where to find food.

Honey bees do a complicated dance to tell others where to find food.

Sea stars push part of their stomach out of their mouth to feed.

Sea stars push part of their stomach out of their mouth to feed.

The black mountain ringlet butterfly has a larval stage that can last for several years.

The black mountain ringlet butterfly has a larval stage that can last for several years.


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O. multiporus - TEACHING RESOURCE. O. multiporus is also unusual because it is bioluminescent. O. multiporus squirts out coelomic fluid from its mouth, anus and dorsal (underside) pores when it is disturbed. The fluid emits a bright orange-yellow light that glows in the dark. It has recently been discovered that the fluid glows in different colours depending on the age of the earthworm.

O. multiporus - TEACHING RESOURCE. O. multiporus is also unusual because it is bioluminescent. O. multiporus squirts out coelomic fluid from its mouth, anus and dorsal (underside) pores when it is disturbed. The fluid emits a bright orange-yellow light that glows in the dark. It has recently been discovered that the fluid glows in different colours depending on the age of the earthworm.

Sea stars have many weird and wonderful adaptations. Click on any of the labels in this interactive to view short video clips or images to l...

Sea stars have many weird and wonderful adaptations. Click on any of the labels in this interactive to view short video clips or images to l...

Student Activity - DIY fern classification -  In this activity, students use fern specimens or image cards to group species of ferns according to their physical structures (rhizomes, fronds and sporangia).

Student Activity - DIY fern classification - In this activity, students use fern specimens or image cards to group species of ferns according to their physical structures (rhizomes, fronds and sporangia).

INFO SHEET - Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are the most important pollinators of many cultivated food crops and other flowering plants. These plants would be in trouble without bees, and so would we.

INFO SHEET - Honey bees (Apis mellifera) are the most important pollinators of many cultivated food crops and other flowering plants. These plants would be in trouble without bees, and so would we.

Monarch butterfly life cycle. INTERACTIVE from the Science Learning Hub (sciencelearn.org.nz) @nzsciencelearn

Monarch butterfly life cycle. INTERACTIVE from the Science Learning Hub (sciencelearn.org.nz) @nzsciencelearn

STUDENT ACTIVITY - Identifying bugs -  In this activity, students use the web resource ‘What is this bug?’ from Landcare Research to identify an insect. This easy-to-use web page allows students to learn more about insects.

STUDENT ACTIVITY - Identifying bugs - In this activity, students use the web resource ‘What is this bug?’ from Landcare Research to identify an insect. This easy-to-use web page allows students to learn more about insects.

DOWNLOADABLE POWERPOINT - Common New Zealand earthworms -  Although earthworms have many common characteristics, species differ widely in their size, skin colour and the roles they play in the soil ecosystem. Use the Common New Zealand earthworms PowerPoint to learn more about introduced and native earthworms.

DOWNLOADABLE POWERPOINT - Common New Zealand earthworms - Although earthworms have many common characteristics, species differ widely in their size, skin colour and the roles they play in the soil ecosystem. Use the Common New Zealand earthworms PowerPoint to learn more about introduced and native earthworms.

New Zealand is home to an amazing collection of invertebrates - animals without backbones. Here is a collection of invertebrates photographed by Dr Anne Wignall (Massey University). All rights reserved.

New Zealand is home to an amazing collection of invertebrates - animals without backbones. Here is a collection of invertebrates photographed by Dr Anne Wignall (Massey University). All rights reserved.

NEWS STORY: NZ’s fish-eating spider 11/11/2014 Intrigued by anecdotal evidence of fish hunting by spiders, two arachnologists have discovered a New Zealand spider that is capable of catching little fish.

NEWS STORY: NZ’s fish-eating spider 11/11/2014 Intrigued by anecdotal evidence of fish hunting by spiders, two arachnologists have discovered a New Zealand spider that is capable of catching little fish.

Christmas card 2014 from Cawthron Institute :) Inspired by #spinelesswonders

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Christmas card 2014 from Cawthron Institute :) Inspired by #spinelesswonders

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