Hello folks who wonder if the reason for ferns always hunching is because they spend way too much time on their smartphones,

Ferns are the introverts among vascular plants because they don't grow flowers and hence give no reason for other pollinators like bees to drop by for a cup of coffee and talk about the weather.

The life cycle of the ferns has 2 stages - one that you see i.e. the
sporophyte and one that you don't i.e. the gametophyte.
If you have ever turned over a fern blade, you might have seen it covered by acne. Well, that acne is the sori which contains the spores(Ferns reproduce using spores not seeds).
Not all fern blades will have sori on the underside because a fern needs to be mature which can take anywhere between 1-5 years.




When the sori dries out, it causes tension among the sidewalls of the sporangia(Sori is a cluster of sporangia) causing them to burst open, thus releasing the spores in the air like a catapult.

Below you can see some sporangia bursting open and releasing the spores.




Some people think most male spiders are just interested in a wham, bam, thank you ma'am encounter with a female spider. While that is true for the spiders which use Tinder, Sheetweb Spiders prefer to cohabitate for some time.

The reason for cohabitation is so that the male gets to guard his mate from competition thus ensuring his genes get passed on.

Below is a video of a pair of
Sheetweb Spiders discussing whose parents they will visit this Thanksgiving break. The one on the top is the male which is evident by the swollen pedipalps which look like boxing gloves.



The say the better the assassin, the closer they get to their victim before delivering the final knockout. Assassin bugs are interesting because these ambush predators use their curved proboscis to stab their victims.

Like a true assassin, these bugs know the weakest parts of their victims and will pierce that area before injecting their saliva. The saliva liquefies the insides of the victim before the bug can slurp it out.

Below is a
Leafhopper Assassin bug Nymph trying to pass through the TSA Airport Security by concealing its weapon. Even the brightest of assassins often forget to remove their belt and shoes while waiting in line at security.



True Weevils are easily recognized by their long snouts which might make them a candidate in the True Bug Order(Hemiptera), but these actually belong to the Beetle Order(Coleoptera).
Cabbage seedpod Weevils are common on the weedy mustard plants, alas they don't seem to make a dent in the powerful mustard empire.

Below is a video of a Weevil flaunting its snout just like a teenager would flaunt their straw buried in a Bubble Tea drink.




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