Category: Animals & Plants

Trivia about the Year of the Ox

According to the Chinese Zodiac Signs, people born in the Year of the Ox are emotionally well balanced and serene, which makes for stable relationship. They are completely dependable, extremely hardworking, resolute individuals who can overcome difficulties and achieve the goals that they have set for themselves. They show great judgment in choosing their friends. Once they decide to trust you, they become firm friends whose help and sound advise are much appreciated. However, don’;t ever take advantage of an ox, or you’ll find yourself with a sworn enemy.

Trivia about the Rats and Mice found in Luzon Island

Rats are various medium sized rodents and have an average life span of 2 to 3 years. Domestic rats differ from wild rats in many ways. They are calmer and less likely to bite. They can tolerate greater crowding. They breed earlier and produce more offsprings.

1. Luzon furry-tailed rat (Batomys granti)
This rat is from the cloud rat group. It feeds on fruits and leaves but unlike its closest relatives it lives mostly on the ground.

2. Cordillera striped earth-rat (Chrotomys whiteheadi)
There are striped earth-rats that occur in the mountains over most of Luzon Island, and on Mindoro and Sibuyan. This species lives in the Central Cordillera of Luzon. Like its relatives, this species feeds primarily on earthworms, which it finds by burrowing through the soil and thick layers of humus high in the mountains. This species is useful in controlling the alien earthworms that are damaging the famous rice terraces of Ifugao.


Trivia about the Various Species of Pigeon

1. Mindanao Bleeding – Heart Doves (Galllcolumba criniger)
The Mindanao bleeding-heart doves are rare and found in the forest running on the ground, singly or in pairs. Distinctive on their three grey wing bars, chestnut back and secondary wing features, white throat extending around large deep orange red patch on breast and cinnamon belly and undertail coverts. They call soft co-co-ooot lasting 1.5 seconds and repeated every 5 seconds.

2. Nicobar Pigeon (Caloenas nicobarica)
Nicobar pigeons are rare and local on small, forested inhabited island, hardly ever on larger ones and they are usually along the coast. Walks and feeds on the ground but will flush up into the canopy. They call deep growl gwwooow lasting.5 seconds, often given in pairs with 4 seconds pause between notes.


Trivia about the Year of the Rat

The Chinese astrological cycle begins with the year of the Rat. The rat possesses attributes ranging from charming and humorous to honest and meticulous. The Chinese say, those born in these years make good and wise advisors, yet they can never decide for themselves and they Change direction constantly.

Trivia about the Year of the Pig

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2007 is a Year of the Pig (Fire) which begins on February 18, 2007 and ends on February 6, 2008. The Chinese New Year does not begin on 1st of January, but on a date, which corresponds with the second New Moon after the winter equinox, so it varies from year to year.

Trivia about the Various Breeds of Domestic Cat

The cat (or domestic cat) is a small carnivorous mammal. It is valued by humans for its companionship and its ability to destroy vermin. A skilled predator, the cat is known to hunt over 1,000 species for food. Intelligent, the cat can be trained to obey simple commands, and has been known to teach itself to manipulate simple mechanisms.

Trivia about Butterflies XII

Cethosia biblis barangingi (Tsukafa, 1985). Inhabits southernmost Philippines: Bongao, Sibutu, Tawi-Tawi and Jolo. The intense bright red-orange color of the wings in flight makes this species one of the most attractive butterflies.

Trivia about Butterflies XI

Parantica noeli. One of the most significant finds of the decade, this new species is one of the most striking Danaid butterflies.

Trivia about Butterflies X

Idea electra electra (Semper, 1878). A unique species confined to Mindanao. Popularly known as the “Dragonfly Idea” due to the appearance of the males’ elongated forewings and extra long abdomen.