Month: October 2011

“Jason’s Mask” Harvestman

 ©All Rights Reserved: Art  ©All Rights Reserved: Art Habitat: Ecuador  Status: Not listed If you’re ever snooping around the rainforests of Ecuador you better watch your back because a “Jason’s mask” Harvestman Spider might be lurking just around the corner.  Jason doesn’t usually take kindly to strangers after all……….. Just kidding! This spider isn’t poisonous. It’s just super scary and cool!...

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8 Animal Jaws From Your Nightmares

Here’s a post to get you all into the Halloween Spirit!!  Leopard Seal (Hydrurga leptonyx) © Amos Nachoun, Barcroft USA Juvenile Bamboo Viper (Trimeresurus stejnegeri) © Dan Rosenberg this is only the juvenile!! Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)  © Matt Reinbold  Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) animals.desktopnexus.com Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)   © Carolyn Hilton Brazilian Wandering Spider (Phoneutria sp.) ©… let me know! Goliath Tigerfish (Hydrocynus goliath) animal.discovery.com Check out the post on the Goliath Tigerfish here!  Deep-sea Dragonfish (Grammatostomias flagellibarba)...

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Wish I May, Wish I Velvet Mite…

© Tarique Sani   © Shreya © Anthony  ©Pete Robo  © justme07 Habitat: northern parts of IndiaStatus: No conservation concerns Bir Bahuti, Birbaboti, Scarlet Fly, Lady Fly, Velvet Buchi, Rani Keeda (Hindi/Urdu: Queen Mite). Whatever name you want to use for the Velvet Mite (Trombidium grandissimum) works for me!  These fluffy arachnids are often mistaken for spiders, but make no mistake – they are much more than that. The mites come out in large numbers during Monsoon season in the Indian subcontinent (as if that time of year probably doesn’t suck enough, right?) and are used for a multitude of purposes in the area.  For example, Velvet Mites are used in traditional Indian medicine in two ways. The oil from the Bir Bahuti is useful in initializing paralysis in humans and, the mite has the alleged ability to increase sexual desire – that’s why Trombidium is named as ‘Indian Viagra.’ Interesting little creature… view more stunning photos after the jump!  ©Pete Robo   © Jerry E Shelton    © Lalie Sorbet   ©...

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