Breakfast Biology

Breakfast Biology

Breakfast cerealLearning Biology is as easy & fun as pouring a bowl of cereal!

Way back in the 1700’s, Carolus Linnaeus never though his life work could be reduced to a bowl of Sugar Puffs.

You see, Carl is the father of Taxonomy, the system of naming species of living things.  Using binomial nomenclature (a fancy-smansy way of naming the genus & species of a critter), he tagged every creature of shared characteristics with a Latin name.

And depending on which breakfast cereal you enjoy, you can learn about Taxonomy by studying the brand’s mascot.

For example…..

Sugar Smacks

Dig'em Frog

Dig’em the Frog (Lithobates catesbeianus) is a bullfrog primarily found in North America.

Bullfrogs are known by their smooth, moist skin, large powerful legs and webbed feet.  (Sounds like my profile on eHarmony!)

Unlike most bullfrogs, Dig’em prefers wearing sneakers and a ball cap.

Cocoa Puffs

CoCoa Puffs Cuckoo Bird

The Cuckoo bird (Coccyzus americanus) with its yellow bill, usually nests in the lower branches of trees and shrubs.

Did you know Cuckoo chicks can fly as young as 17 days old?

These birds enjoy wearing gaudy suit coats and are coo coo for Cocoa Puffs.

Honey Nut Cheerio’s

Honey Nut Cherrio's Honey Bee

The Honeybee (Apis mellifera) represents only a small fraction of over 20,000 known species of bees.

Unlike other members of his hive, the Honey Nut Cheerios Honeybee speaks with an annoying buzzy voice and has perfectly straight teeth.

Frosted Flakes

Tony The Tiger

Tony is a Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris).

This carnivore lives in mostly tropical forests and tall grassland habitats.

Tony is also known to be seen around playgrounds and athletic fields, any where children play & frolic.

Always the optimist, Tony walks on two legs and exclaims everything is great!


Trix Rabbit

The Trix Rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus).

More than half of the world’s rabbit population are found here in North America.

While many cereal mascots prefer to wear clothing, the Trix rabbit is secure enough to go butt-naked.

Its long ears are an adaptation for detecting predators—or children looking to steal back their cereal.

Super Sugar Crisp

Super Sugar Crisp Bear

Sugar Bear is a Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) characterised by a large body with stocky legs, large snout & short tail (Describes my date to prom in high school).

Sugar Bear’s smooth, hip voice and affinity for turtleneck sweaters make it the envy of the animal kingdom.

See how much you can learn!

Breakfast Biology IS fun thanks to those charismatic morning mascots.

It is worth your morning milk bloat when you can learn about binomial nomenclature as Linnaeus intended all those years ago.

Toucan Sam

Then again, you’re right.  This whole write-up is probably for the birds.


3 Replies to “Breakfast Biology”

  1. Since you know so much about our cereal mascots, is Cap’n Crunch really in the military, and since he wears a “Napoleon-Style hat”, do you think he may be French? Should we report him to the NCIS for impersonating an officer in the military?