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Zoologger: tickly kiss turns on hairy-mouthed spiders

The males of this spider species evolved a trick to make females more likely to let them father their offspring – tickling them with hairy mouthparts

Zoologger: Stingless suicidal bees bite until they die

Who needs a sting when you can sink your insect teeth into the body of your enemy, choosing death over ever letting go?

Zoologger: Bats jam each other's sonar to steal meals

The Mexican free-tailed bat sabotages the echolocation signals of its fellows so that it can home in on their winged prey for itself

Zoologger: My lizard persona depends on my neighbours

Different stress levels will make wall lizards from a group of Aegean islands flee or drop their tails – and it all depends on who they grew up with

Zoologger: Extreme nomad scrambles for shrimp bonanza

Australia's banded stilts sense distant rains and then fly more than 2000 kilometres to find a bonanza of freshly hatched shrimp

Zoologger: Shy lemurs communicate using toilet trees

White-footed sportive lemurs are lazy, nocturnal and avoid family life, but by visiting the same toilet, manage to keep in touch with each other

Zoologger: No escape from hunting harvestman's sticky grasp

The harvestman uses a special viscoelastic glue to ensnare its nimble prey and crush its last-ditch struggles to escape

Zoologger: Ants fight dirty in turf war with spiders

In the forests of eastern Australia, a squadron of social spiders faces off against an army of the world's most dangerous ants in a pitched battle for survival

Zoologger: Fish that picks its work partners wisely

Coral trout work together with moray eels to winkle out hidden prey – and they skilfully decide both when to collaborate and which eels are best

Zoologger: Cockatoos learn to make and use a tool

After a lone Goffin cockatoo figured out how to make and use a simple tool, others have learned the same trick by watching him

Sex secrets of the weevil with a curiously long snout

Male giraffe weevils use their impressive snouts to win females, but less-endowed males use sneaky tactics to mate just as often

Zoologger: The secret hop of the Californian flea seed

Say hello to the California jumping gall wasp – its larvae just love hopping all over the place

Zoologger: Hero ant jumps off cliff to eject invaders

Workers of Malagidris sofina wrestle with invading ants, drag them to the entrance, and throw themselves and the intruder off a cliff

Zoologger: Octopus mum broods for record-breaking time

A deep-sea octopus was seen brooding her eggs for four and a half years without a break to eat – the longest brooding period of any animal

Zoologger: Moose dribble turns off grass's toxic defences

The grasses that moose eat contain fungi that make powerful toxins, but the animals' saliva somehow turns off this defence response

Zoologger: Meet the only animal with five legs

One of the world's best loved and iconic animals, the kangaroo, has been keeping a secret – it may be the only "pentapedal" animal

Zoologger: The fish that kill with special-ops signals

Lionfish use a secret semaphore to coordinate a hunt and are the only animals known to share food evenly

Zoologger: Old magpies get wise to freeloading cuckoos

Eurasian magpies often have their nests parasitised by cuckoos, but as they get older they learn to reject the intruders' eggs

Zoologger: The Michael Phelps of the ant world

The trap-jaw ant can swim ten times as fast as Olympic champion Michael Phelps relative to its body size. Also, it can jump with its mouth

Zoologger: Acid for breath helps catfish find food

The Japanese sea catfish is the first fish known to track its prey by the trails of acid they create in the water when they breathe

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