Month: November 2011

Pigeon Project: The Nun

image credit:  image credit: image credit: image credit: Habitat: originated in Europe  Status: No Conservation Concerns   People can have some interesting hobbies. No, I’m not referring to collecting bottle caps or traveling to every paper clip factory in the Northern Hemisphere (just ‘cuz). I’m referring to fancy pigeon breeding. The Nun Pigeon, for example, has been developed over many years of selective breeding. All pigeons, including domesticated ones like the Nun, originated from the Rock Pigeon (Columba livia). The Nun got its name from the raised feathers which encircle its black (or brown) head forming a makeshift hood. Nuns used to be referred to as the Dutch Shell Pigeon during the early part of the 20th century in Continental Europe… but obviously this name just sounds cooler.  There are a bunch of interesting pigeon breeds that I’ve been meaning to look into so I’ve decided to start a little post section called “The Pigeon Project.” Stay tuned because there are more peculiar pigeon breeds to...

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Happy Thanksgiving From the Twinspot Turkeyfish!

© Ron’s Aquarium photos   image credit: Wikimedia Commons © Ron’s Aquarium photos Habitat: known from Mauritius to the Society Islands, north to Japan and south to Australia Status: No Conservation Concerns Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I figured it would be appropriate to have the Twinspot Turkeyfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus) as today’s featured creature. Though, the fish does go by a couple other aliases, including the Fu Manchu Lionfish (check out the ‘stache!) and the Twinspot Lionfish.   Lionfish are poisonous creatures. Their pelvic, pectoral and dorsal fins are equipped with venomous spines that you definitely don’t want to mess with. If you get pricked, you will experience intense pain and swelling in the area. If you ever happen to be stung by a Twinspot Turkeyfish, you’re going to want to put hot water on the area (as hot as you can stand without burning yourself) as the heat acts to denature the proteins in the venom which prevents it from spreading throughout your body.  P.s. Today I’m thankful for having you guys as dedicated readers! Hope you’re enjoying the site 🙂...

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Freshly Cooked Lobster Beetle

© Living Jewels  Habitat: Madagascar Status: No Conservation Concerns Alright so how much does this beetle (Mastododera coccinea) look like it was just taken out of a boiling hot “bath”?  If this doesn’t resemble a mini lobster (they’re only around 3.5 cm in length) then I really don’t know what does! I have to admit, my thoughts first turned a little dark when I saw this guy. It looks a little bit like a devil bug too… but cooked lobsters make me happier than devils...

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Dip-Dyed By Natural Design

© Carlos Alberto Varela freire   © Renato Gaiga © Welington  © Fagner Delfim © Carlos Cândido Habitat: Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia Status: Not evaluated So recently I decided I wanted to try something new with my hair. Now, if you knew me you’d realize that this would never actually happen. I just like to dream about being spontaneous and crazy like that. But it would never happen because I freak out if my blonde hair is even a shade different from what it normally is. Anyways, I bet you’re wondering what this has to do with a lizard, right?  Well, I chose to post on this lizard, which is Micrablepharus maximiliani, because its rocking the dip-dyed style that I’m in love with. Let me show you an example:  See how just the ends are dyed? I’m totally loving it! Unfortunately it’s not really business appropriate [I’m thinking] so for now I’ll just have to admire from afar. SO jealous of this lizard and its awesome style.   Oh, how I wish I had this hair. Curse you Lauren Conrad for putting the idea into my...

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This Nudibranch Wore An Itsy-Bitsy, Teeny-Weeny, Yellow Polka-dot Bikini!

 ©  © Marion Haarsma © Habitat: Wide tropical Indo-West Pacific distribution Status: No Conservation Concerns  Or maybe that’s just its body. Either/or. Either/or… This stylish little nudibranch is (Gymnodoris aurita) and it definitely rocks the fire engine red with the yellow polka-dots. Makes me want to get out a cute little party dress and join in the underwater...

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Meet the Hickory Horned Devil

 © Lopshire Photography   © The Hidden World © Take it 21    © Fred First © lcdark  © Devon Christopher Adams © Lopshire Photography Habitat: North America; from southern New Jersey west throughout the Ohio Valley, the edge of the Great Plains states and south to East TexasStatus: No conservation concerns Caterpillars don’t usually conjure up images of horror and danger… do they? Well, I think your idea of a caterpillar might change forever after you’ve seen the Hickory Horned Devil, the caterpillar of the Regal, or Royal Walnut Moth (Citheronia regalis).   Bright green in color with long, red spikes with black tips, the Hickory Horned Devil caterpillar is basically screaming, “STAY AWAY OR ELSE!” However, as scary as it may appear, it’s actually all just an elaborate ruse! The horns, while menacing, don’t even sting. These guys are actually one of the more easily handled caterpillars of the family saturniidae. Guess the moral of the story is, don’t always judge a book by its cover!  Our Backyard Alien: The Hickory Horned Devil. from kred on...

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