Who would have thought it? A cuddly toy in the shape of a virus! These cuddly characters are incredibly endearing and educational too. Each one comes with a detailed scientific description and photograph of what he looks like under the microscope, along with medical tips on how to avoid picking up these bugs in daily life. Children seem to be totally fascinated by them, and it really helps when explaining all about why they are feeling poorly. The perfect gift to accompany a Get Well card. Also a brilliant present for medical students, doctors and nurses etc. You will soon understand why they are becoming amazingly popular! Start collecting now.
FACTS: Nearly all of the ants in the world are female! What's
more, with over 10,000 species, ants are one of the most successful
creatures on the planet.
An ant colony begins when a new queen flies from her home,
finds a mate, and begins laying eggs. Nearly all of these eggs grow
to become female ants. Although each of these daughters has the
genetic potential to become a queen in her own right, chemical
secretions from the reigning queen, as well as diet and environmental
factors, inhibit their development and keep them sterile.
The growing family of female ants comprises a colony, and it takes
on the many tasks of the society such as building and defending the
nest, foraging for food, and caring for young eggs and ants.
When the colony is finally large enough, the queen lays a few
unfertilized eggs which will grow into male ants, or drones - and a
few of the female eggs are permitted to mature into new queens.
The drones and the new queens both have wings and in a chemically coordinated
mating ritual, all take to the air in a swarm of activity,
competing for each other's attentions.
Most of the males are quickly consumed by birds - and the lucky
ones that succeed, having accomplished their purpose, quickly
succumb to their own mortality.
But the queens shed their wings, lay their eggs, and settle down to
their ordained purpose of ruling the world!