Theresa Reznor, 26, teaches children about animals that some might think are “gross.” Since I am essentially a child, I asked her about some of the creatures that I find most disgusting.
Casual Men: Whats up with bullfrogs?
Theresa: Bullfrogs are cool because they go through metamorphosis. When children ask me if bullfrogs give you warts I say “Bullfrogs only make you prettier.”
But for scientists, bullfrogs are incredibly helpful friends. BECAUSE Tropical frogs are probably one of the most sensitive animals in the world and react very rapidly to substantial changes in their environments. So you could say frogs are almost like eco-doctors, because their health lets us know about changes in an ecosystem’s health.
CM: What’s about… spiders?
Theresa: Ohh good one, well, because spiders are so intrinsically fascinating and evoke a natural curiosity and horror in people, I think they – tarantulas in particular, make unique and exciting pets..I think we should all learn to appreciate these amazing arachnids.
When spiders don’t feel like walking, they don’t have to. Young spiderlings can shred serious breezy gnar. When the wind picks up spiderlings can release enough silk to rock some stellar dynamic kiting, otherwise known in scientific terms as ballooning. Don’t be jealous you don’t have gossamer coming out of your backsies side.
CM: Ok. what about….bugs….
Theresa: Well butterflies are bugs. Butterflies also go through metamorphosis so some might say they’re exactly like bull frogs. Instead of singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes/Two Eyes and Ears, One Mouth and Nose”, I like to sing “Head, Thorax, Abdomen/Compound Eyes, Six Legs, and an Exoskeleton” because butterflies have way cooler bods.
Did you know that they’re legally blind? But its ok, butterflies, like all insects, are well adapted to navigate through the natural world. IN FACT, insects far outnumber almost all other animals, including humans. So now are you asking yourselves, “How can it be then, that insects are legally blind?”
Butterflies and other insects are considered blind because, according to human standards, they cannot see fine details, referred to as poor resolution. Insect resolution is 100 times worse than that of humans; but no worries, because thanks to those compound eyes made up of hundreds of tiny six-sided lenses and photoreceptors, they can detect ultraviolet light that is invisible to human eyes. Now don’t you wish you were an ultraviolet light detecting bouncing blind butterfly?