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Posts tagged insects

Jul 18
Orchid Mantis

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Jul 13

thank you so much little buddy


thank you so much little buddy

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Jun 29


This is not a tasty gummy sweet but a Jewel Caterpillar (family Dalceridae) found in Amazon Rainforest. They are covered with sticky goo-like, gellatinous tubercles that provides protection from its predator like ants until they metamorphosise into winged moths.

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Jun 19






Casting a fire ant colony with molten aluminum

Not saying that killing ants just because it’s cool. But hey.

I’ve seen this post and the original video before.

That ant colony belongs to an invasive species of fire ant (called Red Imported Fire Ants or RIFAs) which cause more harm to the local environment than good. Researchers are experimenting with extremely high temperatures as a means to dispose of invasive insect species and, just so you know, molten aluminum is VERY HOT.

Not saying this is the best way to do it, but these folks are doing a service for the local environment and they got a beautiful piece of art for their efforts.

It’s also good for Science because we get to see what the inside of a fire ant nest look like. That’s really cool.

Thats pretty metal.

Mar 27


Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey (camouflage)  

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Mar 20

thank you science


thank you science

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Feb 20

Feb 19


Rain in a small world. Scenes from Microcosmos.

Jan 29



Maratus volans, better known as the Peacock Spider. The brilliant colouring is not just for decoration but also to attract females. The peacock spider has earned its name when he courts with his mate through dancing. Like a peacock, he raises his two magnificently coloured flaps and dances for the female.

Good Monday Morning. Enjoy this dancing Peacock Spider.

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Jan 5


The Featured Creature:

Stunning Bright Blue Cloud Forest Millipede Is Sure to Shock You

Okay, who’s ready to have their mind BLOWN?!

Check out this absolutely stunning Blue Cloud Forest Millipede (Pararhachistes potosinus) found only in the remote high altitude cloud forests of Mexico. The bright blue coloration warns predators about its ability to produce toxic secretions.

View the full article for more pics and deets!

Photo credits: Luis Stevens, George Grall

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