Deciduous forests are located in the eastern half of the United States, mid-Europe, Japan, New Zealand, eastern China, southwestern Russia, Chile and Paraguay. These regions are known as the temperate deciduous forest biomes.
Deciduous forests describe the primary type of forest found in eastern North America and China, Europe, Japan and parts of South America. These locations constitute many different kinds of people and a large portion of the Earth's human population.
Animals that make their home in deciduous forests include white-tailed deer, bobcats, black bears, lynx and coyotes. The deciduous forest environment also provides a habitat for smaller creatures, such as owls, skunks, woodpeckers, raccoons and porcupines.
Temperate deciduous forests are found in mid-latitude areas and experience both warm and cold air masses. This causes them to have four distinct seasons each year.
Land utilization for agricultural, industrial and infrastructural use remains the most striking human-driven intervention on the forest ecosystem. Clearing the land breaks the cycle of life in the forest by stripping away huge numbers of trees and displacing the living ...
Decomposers are organisms that break down rotting trees and plants. Mushrooms, beetles and wood eaters are some of the decomposers found in a deciduous forest.
The relationship between the catalpa hornworm, a caterpillar, and Cotesia congregata, a wasp, is an example of parasitism in the deciduous forest. The wasp lays its eggs inside the caterpillar, and the larvae feed off of, and kill, the caterpillar.