Articles by

Susan Milius

A face mask may turn up a male wrinkle-faced bat’s sex appeal

For tips on how to flirt while wearing a mask, take notes from nature’s experts: male wrinkle-faced...

How passion, luck and sweat saved some of North America’s rarest plants

No plant should have to end this way. North America’s various beach plums bear purple-blue, cherry-sized fruits that...

Ancient Lystrosaurus tusks may show the oldest signs of a hibernation-like state

The earliest fossil evidence of the metabolic slowdowns known as torpor may come from tusks of ancient...

Wild bees add about $1.5 billion to yields for just six U.S. crops

U.S. cherries, watermelons and some other summertime favorites may depend on wild bees more than previously thought. Many...

This parasitic plant consists of just flashy flowers and creepy suckers

Doorknobs in skirts. Microphones in tutus. There are lots of ways to describe Langsdorffia flowers, but parasitic-plant...

How Yellowstone wolves got their own Ancestry.com page

Wildlife ecologist Jim Halfpenny was standing by the stone arch at the north entrance to Yellowstone National...

Larvaceans’ underwater ‘snot palaces’ boast elaborate plumbing

Underwater laser scans have revealed new details of how sea creatures called giant larvaceans feed themselves by flapping a...

More ‘murder hornets’ are turning up. Here’s what you need to know

Two new specimens of Asian giant hornet have turned up in the Pacific Northwest, suggesting that the invasive...