Jake Buehler

Jake Buehler is a freelance science writer, covering natural history, wildlife conservation and Earth's splendid biodiversity, from salamanders to sequoias. He has a master's degree in zoology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

All Stories by Jake Buehler

  1. Animals

    Infected caterpillars become zombies that climb to their deaths

    By tampering with genes involved in vision, a virus can send caterpillars on a doomed quest for sunlight.

  2. Animals

    Mysterious kunga is the oldest known human-bred hybrid animal

    People bred these animals — part donkey, part wild ass — some 4,500 years ago, probably for use in fighting wars.

  3. Animals

    World’s biggest colony of nesting fish lives beneath Antarctic ice

    Totally unexpected, it’s far, far larger than any other known community of nesting fish — fully one-third larger than the area of Washington, D.C.

  4. Animals

    Some beetles walk along the underside of the water’s surface

    Their upside-down scurrying is a rare method of getting around.

  5. Plants

    These ferns may be first plants known to work together as ants do

    Staghorn ferns grow in massive colonies where individual plants contribute different jobs. This may make them “eusocial,” like ants or termites.

  6. Animals

    Urchin mobs can literally dis-arm a predator

    Urchins are important herbivores — but not strict vegetarians. When hungry enough, they may even rip apart their predators for lunch.