Invertebrates

Invertibrates are so named because they don’t have a backbone. They’re usually small and some are covered with scales or shells. How they reproduce, what they and where they live are all part of the information you can find in this section.

Keeping Insects as Pets: Ant Farms

When you think about getting a pet, insects probably aren’t the first thing that comes to mind. People generally think of cats, dogs, or maybe even a rodent. And yet having an ant farm in the house can be a…

Discover the Mysterious Giant Squid

The giant squid is one of the most mysterious and curious animals on our planet. As a result, they have been the subject of many myths and legends throughout history. Today, we want to tell you a little more about…

Wheat Weevils: A Plague in Your Pantry

Wheat weevils are beetles of the Curculionidae family. However, there are a few subgroups within this group. The subgroup we’re about to discuss here today belongs to the genus Sitophilus. Wheat weevils are a subgroup that belongs to the order…

Medicinal Leeches: Do They Really Work?

Leeches are hermaphroditic invertebrates in the Annelida phylum. There are lots of different species of leech, with a wide range of biological diversity. Today, though, we’re going to focus on their use in medicine, and one specific species, Hirudo medicinalis, or…

Natural Wonders: What Are Soft Corals?

Soft corals are a type of Cnidaria which stand out for their lack of an internal calcium carbonate skeleton. They form some of those gorgeously colorful coral reefs you’ve probably seen in pictures, especially in tropical areas. These marine invertebrates…

The Kissing Bug and Chagas Disease

Chagas disease is a condition that mostly affects people in rural areas of Central and South America. It’s almost entirely caused by a tiny little insect: the kissing bug. Also known as the “barber bug” and the “winchuka,” the kissing bug has…