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Li Shen http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/1813/all en The Outside Story: Bright, beautiful creatures advertise their secret weapons http://addisonindependent.com/201305outside-story-bright-beautiful-creatures-advertise-their-secret-weapons <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Li Shen </div> </div> </div> <p> In the natural world predation is relentless, and evading predators strongly favors the evolution of camouflage colors in animals. How contradictory then, for small, defenseless creatures &mdash; like red efts and monarch butterflies &mdash; to be sporting a bright shade of orange. But there is more to their cheerful color than meets the eye. Both the eft and the monarch are poisonous.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/17004">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201305outside-story-bright-beautiful-creatures-advertise-their-secret-weapons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Op/ed The Outside Story Mon, 20 May 2013 14:04:39 +0000 xian 17004 at http://addisonindependent.com The Outside Story: Birds stash food, thwart thieves http://addisonindependent.com/201211outside-story-birds-stash-food-thwart-thieves <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We know that squirrels make the most of fall&rsquo;s plenty by hoarding nuts for the winter, but the fact that birds also store, or cache, food goes largely unappreciated. Through clever observation and experiments, biologists have found that food caching (from the French <em>cacher,</em> &ldquo;to hide&rdquo;) has developed to a high art in some birds.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/13920">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201211outside-story-birds-stash-food-thwart-thieves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont birds Nature Outside story Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:03:23 +0000 Addison Independent 13920 at http://addisonindependent.com