Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Flight of the hummingbird, termite cloning and the rise of the octopus

(Kenji Matsuura)


Largemouth bass caught on a lure
(Maura McCarthy)
Name: The largemouth bass, Micropterus salmoides.
Hook Me Once: It strikes hard and fights long, and so is prized by anglers.
Hook Me Twice: An individual bass' likelihood of being caught depends in part on its parentage, say researchers led by the University of Illinois. In their 20-year study, fish prone to take the bait produced highly susceptible offspring; fish prone to forgo it produced less-hookable offspring.
Hook Me Three Times: Unlucky anglers have a new, genetic excuse: the gullible wild bass have been caught, leaving only the wily ones.
Researchers reveal how birds and flying insects flap their wings differently to control a turn

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