Animal Courtship (Animal Behavior) by Krista West

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INSECT ILLUSTRATOR: ARTHUR SMITH not everyone who is fascinated by insects becomes a scientist. Arthur smith (1916-1991) made a career of drawing insects at the natural history museum of london. during his lifetime, smith created nearly 20,000 accurate, detailed line drawings of insects. many of his illustrations appear in scientific books and field guides. smith became interested in natural history as a young boy in england. At age 15, he went to art school. he began working at the museum in 1940.

But overfishing of sardine schools dropped the population from more than 4 million tons in the 1930s to just 5,000 tons by the 190s. schools of sardines started to disappear, and sardines started to school with anchovies instead. more recently, sardine populations have recovered. in the late 1990s, experts estimated there were about 100,000 tons of sardines. scientists have started to spot all-sardine schools once again. 45 46 AnimAl courtship A male blue crab waves its claws at a female for attention.

The male nightingale is famous for singing night and day to attract a mate. Male birds also often display brightly colored feathers to attract the attention of females. The male peacock maintains the ultimate collection of colorful feathers. The feathers seem to serve no purpose except to make him attractive during courtship. the Bird populAtion There are about 10,000 different varieties of birds. They range in size from tiny hummingbirds to giant ostriches, and they live in all corners of the globe.

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