New butterfly species discovered, on 1 April :)


This video is called Metamorphosis: The Beauty & Design of Butterflies.

From the Twitter account of Butterfly Conservation in Britain today:

New butterfly ‘Aprilis follis’ has been discovered. It emits a strange strawberry scent when disturbed.

In Italy, France, Belgium, and French-speaking areas of Switzerland and Canada, 1 April tradition is often known as “April fish” (poissons d’avril in French or pesce d’aprile in Italian; or Aprilvis in Dutch). This includes attempting to attach a paper fish to the victim’s back without being noticed.

Now not just April fish, but also an April butterfly.

DON’T FORGET IT IS APRIL FOOL’S DAY You’ve been warned — be on the lookout! [HuffPost]

Pterosaur flight, an engineer’s perspective


This video is called Largest flying creature ever – Pterosaurs Documentary HQ.

From Palaeocast today:

Episode 42: Pterosaur aerodynamics

Palaeontology is more than just going out into the field, digging up bones, and putting them back together. A good understanding of biology, geology, and even engineering can help to figure out how extinct animals lived and especially how they moved around.

To further comprehend how we can use knowledge of engineering in palaeontology, especially with respect to understanding extinct animal flight, we spoke to Colin Palmer from the University of Bristol, and the University of Southampton. His background in engineering provides a unique set of skills and angle to studying pterosaur flight.

Two-milion-year-old redshank discovery


This is a redshank video from the Netherlands.

Translated from Vroege Vogels TV in the Netherlands:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Dutch amateur paleontologists have found a bone of a redshank, two million years old. This makes this fossil the oldest known redshank in the world, two hundred thousand years older than previous finds. They will publish their findings soon in the renowned paleontological journal Cranium.

Indian house sparrow wedding for bird conservation


This video from the USa is called House Sparrow Feeding Babys.

From the Times of India:

Chunmun the sparrow comes on a horse to wed Gauriya

Ishita Mishra, TNN | Mar 21, 2015, 10.25PM IST

Agra: Villages in India, away from the pamphlets and press conferences of NGO activism, have always done their bit for the environment — in their unique, rustic but effective ways.

Mohanpur village in Banda district of UP, for instance, organised a rather grand wedding for Chunmun and Gauriya, with people in thousands attending the merry event. Chunmun even rode a horse like a dulha. Just that because he is a sparrow someone had to hold him fast in the palm of the hand and put him atop the horse, and hold him fast to his seat.

Residents of Mohanpur, who are known in these dusty parts of UP‘s Bundelkhand for their love of both flora and fauna, say that in the union of Chunmun and Gauriya lies a larger message about the depleting number of sparrows and the need for their protection. The tiny birds, in fact, have almost disappeared from India’s cities.

Muskrat feeds on grass, video


This video shows a muskrat feeding on grass in the Netherlands.

Anita Melenboer made the video.