Animals, a diverse group of living organisms that consume other organisms for energy, have been a constant source of companionship, production, support, and sustenance for much of human history. Maintaining balance in our ecosystems, all animals are connected by the various important roles they play in making the environment function properly and it is the responsibility of humans to preserve and protect these fragile systems. The following collections of animal families provide an overview of the large range of varieties, sizes, and characteristics of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and insects that coexist with humans on Earth. We will be continuing to expand our guides over time to cover in further detail the particular distinctions between the many forms of animal life in the world.
The Red Paper Wasp (Polistes carolina) is a social wasp species in the Vespidae family. They are native to the United States, and they have also been found in Bermuda and Canada, where they are considered non-native. The common name is in reference to the wasps’ red-brown color of the head and body.Details and Downloads