Crude critter comics

Here are a few fun (and rather rude, consider yourself warned) imaginings of what adorable little woodland creatures might actually be saying. 

AMERICAN RED SQUIRREL (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

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American Red Squirrels may be smaller than their Eastern grey cousins, but they sure are a heck of a lot feistier, too. Red squirrels live in coniferous forests where they can hoard lots of pine cones. Come autumn when their stores are almost ready for winter, they defend their territories with fervor.

More on red squirrels:

Tamiasciurus hudsonicus (Mammalian Species 1998)

 

BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE (Poecile atricapillus)

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Black-capped chickadees have a huge vocal repertoire, and some of these calls are used by males to attract mates.

More on black-capped chickadees:

Vocal repertoire of the black-capped chickadee (The Auk, 1978) Note: some things may have changed since 1978– not least the species name (from Parus to Poecile atricapillus now)!

Species description, behavior, and songs (All About Birds)

 

PEACOCK SPIDER (genus Maratus)

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Peacock spiders gained fame for their elaborate courtship dances (video). These little cuties belong to a huge family of spiders, the jumping spiders (Salticidae), and are found in Australia. Being a good dancer has its perks, if only to avoid being eaten by a female spider!

More on peacock spiders:

5 Flashy Facts About Peacock Spiders (Mental Floss)

Peacock Spiders (Current Biology 2014)

 

HONEY BEE (Apis mellifera)

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Honey bees are social insects that have a fascinating way of communicating… through dance! The dance was affectionately termed the ‘waggle dance’ and is used to communicate how far, and in what direction, food can be found.

Our post from Honey Bee day has other informative links!

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