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Reblogged from tabletopwhale

tabletopwhale:

This week I made an animated chart of butterflies! These are all butterflies that you can find throughout North America, and I picked the 42 that I thought were the most colorful and unique. 

You can check out the full sized GIF here or pick up a poster for your room here :)

Reblogged from florafaunagifs

bogleech:

florafaunagifs:

Leaf bug (Phyllium giganteum)

The constant wobbling as they move is a part of their disguise, making it seem as though the “leaf” is only moving because of a light breeze.

If you blow on one it will also shake around in the hopes of matching any actual surrounding leaves

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Reblogged from iguanamouth

thegreenwolf:

iguanamouth:

alternatively, heres a bunch of peacock spiders dancing to ymca

OH. MY. GAWD.

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Reblogged from libutron

libutron:

Nomia iridescens a Bee with colourful abdominal stripes 

This cool bee, scientifically named Nomia iridescens, belongs to the Halictidae Family, a cosmopolitan group commonly referred to as halictid bees and sweat bees.

Nomia iridescens is a conspicuously banded bee with amazing neon-green stripes, which occurs in southeast Asia (India, Borneo, Peninsular malaysia, Philippines).

Sweat bees, play a vital role in the pollination ecology of a region. By having  a wide range of adaptational capabilities, these inhabit all kind of ecological niches both in tropical and temperate regions. In number and kind these anthophilic insects (attracted to flowers) surpass all other bees and thus are mainly responsible for conserving the vegetation germplasm by pollinating a bewildering variety of wild and cultivated entomophilic flora.

References: [1] - [2] - [3] - [4]

Photo credit: ©Paul Bertner | Locality: Mt. Isarog National Park, Philippines (2014) | [Top] - [Middle] - [Bottom]

Reblogged from adorablespiders

adorablespiders:

i hate that when i tell people i love spiders they start telling me about the times when they’ve killed a spider or spiders and it’s like why are you telling me this you’re basically admitting to drowning a bag of kittens to me, that is the equivalent. 

stop bragging about killing innocent animals no matter how small or “scary”

Reblogged from archiemcphee

archiemcphee:

Today we join the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders in astonishment at the golden mesh marvel that is the cocoon of the Urodidae moth. Also known as “false burnet moths,” these small to medium sized moths spend their pupal stage in unusual and incredibly beautiful open-mesh cocoons, which are sometimes suspended on a very long thread below a leaf.

"This type of cocoon is known as a "open-network cocoon" and is unlike other cocoons in that it doesn’t completely enclose the pupa in silk. Instead, it only partially surrounds it, likely enabling better airflow to control for humidity and may help prevent fungi from growing on, and eventually killing, the pupa. This cocoon very likely belongs to a moth in the family Urodidae, which is known for making this type of lattice-structured cocoon surrounding its pupa."

Click here to watch a video about these amazing structures.

Photos by Jeff Cremer, click here to view more.

[via Reddit, formakers and Smarter Every Day]

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Reblogged from c-dra
c-dra:

Since I’m moving out of my apartment soon and I’m trying to pack as little as I can, I need to get rid of most of my old paintings and art stuff.  So out of curiosity, would anyone be interested in this watercolor painting? It’s 30x22in so it’s pretty big, but I can roll it up and mail it anywhere in the US. I’m not sure how to price it, so if you’re interested, just inbox me an offer and we can work something out!

c-dra:

Since I’m moving out of my apartment soon and I’m trying to pack as little as I can, I need to get rid of most of my old paintings and art stuff.  So out of curiosity, would anyone be interested in this watercolor painting? It’s 30x22in so it’s pretty big, but I can roll it up and mail it anywhere in the US. I’m not sure how to price it, so if you’re interested, just inbox me an offer and we can work something out!

Reblogged from mynameismad

mynameismad:

I COLORED THE MILLIPEDE. You can buy this as a print at Otakon! I’ll be at table K-06 in the artist alley (I’ll make a big post about it later tonight.) 

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Reblogged from earthandanimals

sharped0:

earthandanimals:

that fourth one is downright kawaii uguu

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Reblogged from underthesymmetree

jenni-snake:

underthesymmetree:

Fibonacci you crazy bastard….

As seen in the solar system (by no ridiculous coincidence), Earth orbits the Sun 8 times in the same period that Venus orbits the Sun 13 times! Drawing a line between Earth & Venus every week results in a spectacular FIVE side symmetry!!

Lets bring up those Fibonacci numbers again: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34..

So if we imagine planets with Fibonacci orbits, do they create Fibonacci symmetries?!

You bet!! Depicted here is a:

  • 2 sided symmetry (5 orbits x 3 orbits)
  • 3 sided symmetry (8 orbits x 5 orbits)
  • sided symmetry (13 orbits x 8 orbits) - like Earth & Venus
  • sided symmetry (21 orbits x 13 orbits)

I wonder if relationships like this exist somewhere in the universe….

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The solar system is playing Spirograph.

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