© John Horstman via: learnaboutbutterflies.com © John Horstman © John Horstman via: http://hfunk1943.de.tl/ Habitat: across the Indo-Australian region from Pakistan to the Philippines, and south via the Malay peninsula to Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi, Java and New Guinea Status: No Conservation Concerns Drury’s Jewel moth (Cyclosia papilionaris) looks like a little piece of candy that was crafted out of those Lite Brite pegs. Remember that game? After looking at this caterpillar you should be in a deep trance of nostalgia. © Brian Rossow Don’t get too comfortable though! Take a look at the first and third pictures – do you see the little droplets it’s exuding from those spines? As with most colorful creatures in nature, the brighter the hues the farther you should stay away. Those are cyanide droplets our little jewel is oozing. Yes, cyanide, the poison. So let me leave you with a “drop” of advice – don’t lick pretty caterpillars! the adult © Trung Phung...Read More
Month: May 2012
© Michael Gillam © gary knrd © *Damselfly* © gary knrd Habitat: found in the Indo-Malayan subregion of South-east Asia Status: Least Concern Arrrrrggh this here be the Red-bearded Bee Eater (Nyctyornis amictus) that woulda made a fine companion fer ol’ Captain Red Beard here. Too bad for Captain Red Beard, though, that these birds are solitary species, nesting alone in burrows tunneled into the side of sandy banks. Not exactly the most social of birds. You might be able to lure them out with some plump lizards, wasps, or BEES (their favorite food as their name implies), however. But those don’t usually constitute a balanced diet on the open ocean. Better luck with a a more sea worthy bird,...Read More
© MJ Hatfield © KishaB Habitat: Iowa Status: Not Listed Now here’s a familiar face! This is the Cheshire Cat Moth (Grapholita fana) that would make Lewis Carroll’s character from Alice in Wonderland grin with satisfaction for being recognized in the scientific community. Luckily the only sinister thing about this creature is that it might make holes in your new wool...Read More
© Adam_BT © Barbara Walton/EPA © Gene Kira Habitat: Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans (See here for specific distributions) Status: No Conservation Concerns This is what I like to call a big fish. Crocodile Needlefish (Tylosurus crocodilus), or Houndfish as they are also called, are able to reach lengths of up to five feet. They lack spines but that doesn’t mean they won’t put up a hell of a fight when game fisherman are on their tail (hah!). Houndfish are considered somewhat dangerous and are feared by fishermen because of their size and tendency to leap out of the water, causing puncture wounds with their beaks, when frightened or attracted to the very lights used to catch them. While they are apparently quite tasty to eat, you won’t typically find them on the menu because their meat takes on a rather off-putting greenish color. Guess green houndfish and eggs would only be appealing to Dr. Seuss. © John...Read More
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