Factfiles

  • OCEANS

    The spectacular display of the mobula ray

    28 October 2017

    Why do some rays belly flop?

  • A year of British garden wildlife

    21 July 2017

    Join the team from BBC TV programme The British Garden: Life and Death on Your Lawn to uncover some of the hidden wildlife you could spot throughout the year.

  • Spotlight: the Madagascan moon moth

    14 June 2017

    Living for a week at most, the Madagascan moon moth has a lot to accomplish in its short life.

  • Spotlight: the great eggfly

    5 May 2017

    A stunning species with a disturbing diet: meet the butterflies sipping on human sweat.

  • Rainbow nature: life in flaming orange

    29 August 2016

    Orange is the colour of zesty fruits and staple carrots, common fish and show-off birds.

  • Spotlight: tiger longwing

    14 July 2016

    Newborn humans take years to become adults - but for butterflies, the miraculous process takes just a few weeks.

  • Factfile: Earth

    14 June 2016

    A distinctive blue and green image of Earth reveals our planet's most remarkable features.

  • Factfile: Neptune

    3 May 2016

    Our solar system's outermost planet may be last but it's certainly not least. Get the facts on this planet of extremes. 

  • Factfile: Mercury

    17 April 2016

    An eccentric orbit and wide-ranging temperatures make Mercury a world of extremes.

  • Beauty of the dual-gender butterfly

    12 April 2016

    A one-in-10,000 genetic mystery - discover the stunning split-sex butterflies baffling scientists.

  • Factfile: the Moon

    4 April 2016

    The surface of the Moon is speckled with craters - why doesn't Earth have a similarly scarred surface?

  • Factfile: Mars

    22 March 2016

    Watery world or desert planet? Mars holds secrets that are still being uncovered today.

  • Spotlight: the owl butterfly

    22 March 2016

    The owl butterfly's love of fruit juice can land it in trouble. Expert Luke Brown explains why.

  • Seven of the world's weirdest moths

    17 March 2016

    From moths eating their own mothers to carnivorous caterpillars on the rampage, the world of insects isn't always as it seems.

  • Factfile: Jupiter

    8 March 2016

    Giant auroras, raging clouds and a storm three centuries in the making - Jupiter is every bit as dramatic as its appearance suggests.

  • Factfile: Uranus

    23 February 2016

    Cold, dark and windswept - despite its calm appearance, the ice giant Uranus is a planet of extremes.

  • Factfile: Saturn

    11 February 2016

    Blue skies on a golden planet, and two of our solar system's greatest extremes – Saturn is a planet of contrasts and surprises.

  • Factfile: Venus

    27 January 2016

    Acid clouds and floods of lava – it may be our nearest planetary neighbour, but Venus is utterly inhospitable to human life.

  • Factfile: the sun

    15 January 2016

    The last 100 years have transformed our understanding of the Sun, but our star is yet to be fully understood.

  • Factfile: Pluto

    4 January 2016

    A blue atmosphere, smooth areas, and youthful mountain ranges - this dwarf planet is full of surprises.