When you get your May issue of OWL (available at newsstands all over the place!), flip directly to page 17. It’s one of my favourite Animals of the Month ever: the lanternfly. It’s got a head like an unshelled peanut, and it’s also known as the peanut-head bug. I was so bummed when I found out that wasn’t its proper name. (FYI: though it’s called the lanternfly, it doesn’t light up at all. So, uh, why’s it called the lanternfly? Can’t someone just go back in time and name this thing the peanut-head bug for real?)
Under any name, the lanternfly is a perfect Animal of the Month because it’s fun, weird, and cool-looking. Hilarious facts, too. Here’s one that didn’t make it into the article:
One of the ways the lanternfly chases off predators is by drumming its hollow head against trees. Apparently, the loud noise scares them off.
What’s your fave Animal of the Month? Better yet, what’s your favourite animal? What are some of the neat facts about it? Post a comment at the bottom of this post or email me your picks.
And, before you go, check out this hilarious National Geographic clip from YouTube. It’s about goats that faint (I’m not joking!):
’Til next time!