The corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) is named for its repulsive odor. The “fragrance” is uncannily similar to rotting meat, but it’s perfect for attracting pollinators with a specific taste: carrion-eating beetles and flesh flies. A single plant can take as long as 10 years between blooms, but some have been known to flower again within the same year. Once open, the spathe (similar to a large petal) begins to wilt as soon as 12 hours later, reducing its ability to be pollinated. A chemical analysis shows its scent is caused by the same compounds behind humankind’s least favorite odors: dimethyl trisulfide (think stinky cheese), trimethylamine (rotten fish), isovaleric acid (sweaty socks), and indole (like human feces). Delightful!
This October marks 50 years since the 1967 Road Safety Act came into force.
The Act introduced goods vehicle safety legislation and, more famously, new drink-drive rules.
It became an offence to dr..
Today, the Museum's fan favorite exhibition The Butterfly Conservatory returns with 500 live fluttering insects. Interact with butterflies and moths inside a 1,200-square-foot vivarium filled with tro..
Christmas is coming... and we can't wait!
Travel back in time to a magical Victorian Christmas at Beaulieu with Montagu family pantomime rehearsals, craft activities, carols and more.
Don’t let their body shape fool you: sea lampreys aren’t eels, they’re jawless cartilaginous fishes with a suction-cup mouth ringed with sharp teeth. Some of the 40 species are parasitic, biting down ..
The Palace House guides went on an exciting outing this month!
Read on to discover how Beaulieu is connected to Longford Castle in Salisbury...
Sea pigs, also called scotoplanes, are a peculiar type of deep-sea sea cucumber with legged locomotion. Its tube-like appendages operate like a hydraulic system: cavities within the skin inflate and d..