Some of the most well-known, awe-inspiring facts about nature are among the least commonly understood.

Mantis shrimps pack a powerful punch. Bees build with perfect hexagons. Flowers, like Beatles, follow the sun. In the pages below, explore some of our favorite biological strategies on AskNature and discover the inspiring underlying mechanisms that make them possible.

Some of it may seem simple at first. Some may seem daunting (looking at you, “Fibonacci”). But each story has impacted learners worldwide and will take you through a journey of discovery that will widen your eyes, broaden your mind, and open your heart.

Together, they’ll plant seeds of innovation and draw you into a closer relationship with the astounding living things from whom we are so lucky to learn.