textless:

Springtails, so tiny!

omggggggg

astronomy-to-zoology:


Found this guy on the hood of my car, about the size of a hornet, in central WI, USA. 

Wow, great find! You found yourself a Wasp Mantidfly (Climaciella brunnea). Despite its common name this guy is neither a wasp or a mantis (or a fly) and is actually closely related to lacewings and their allies. 
Oh and also this guy is totally harmless he’s just mimicking a wasp and cannot sting. 

astronomy-to-zoology:

Found this guy on the hood of my car, about the size of a hornet, in central WI, USA. 

Wow, great find! You found yourself a Wasp Mantidfly (Climaciella brunnea). Despite its common name this guy is neither a wasp or a mantis (or a fly) and is actually closely related to lacewings and their allies. 

Oh and also this guy is totally harmless he’s just mimicking a wasp and cannot sting. 

lobo-de-luna:

Liberty Creek, Washington
6-28-14

Lovely! Lasioglossum, unsure of subgenus… Evylaeus maybe?

lobo-de-luna:

Liberty Creek, Washington

6-28-14

Lovely! Lasioglossum, unsure of subgenus… Evylaeus maybe?

rhamphotheca:

Siphonophores are colonial gelatinous animals related to corals, hydroids, and true jellyfish. This deep-sea species, Erenna richardi, was observed at 1560 meters depth using ROV Doc Ricketts. 
A different species of Erenna was discovered by MBARI scientists to attract prey using red bioluminescent lures:  read more here
(via: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)

rhamphotheca:

Siphonophores are colonial gelatinous animals related to corals, hydroids, and true jellyfish. This deep-sea species, Erenna richardi, was observed at 1560 meters depth using ROV Doc Ricketts.

A different species of Erenna was discovered by MBARI scientists to attract prey using red bioluminescent lures:  read more here

(via: Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)

Feeling much better today. So glad I went out to play!

libutron:

Dugong and Batfish

A Dugong (Dugong dugon) with a Batfish (Platax sp.) photographed in Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a group of coral islands that form two atolls, located in the Indian Ocean (Australian territory).

The bottom photo shows the same dugong.

Photo credit: ©Karen Willshaw | [Top][Bottom]

(via rhamphotheca)

textless:

Milkweed, and a red milkweed beetle.

lobo-de-luna:

So tiny

7-16-14

Whoa, I have no idea what this is! Heriades? Ashmeadiella?

rhamphotheca:

The  Wyoming toad (Bufo baxteri) is one of the most endangered amphibians in North America, now found only in captivity and one protected lake refuge… (read more)
photo: USFWS, Sara Armstrong
(via: The Scientist)


This toad is only found in the county I live in! Poor little guys…

rhamphotheca:

The Wyoming toad (Bufo baxteri) is one of the most endangered amphibians in North America, now found only in captivity and one protected lake refuge… (read more)

photo: USFWS, Sara Armstrong

(via: The Scientist)

This toad is only found in the county I live in! Poor little guys…

(via libutron)

lobo-de-luna:

No adventuring today. With the fires effecting the air quality and it just started raining, along with only having one day off this week (I’m already regretting that decision) I just can’t bring myself to get out and do anything. 

lobo-de-luna:

No adventuring today. With the fires effecting the air quality and it just started raining, along with only having one day off this week (I’m already regretting that decision) I just can’t bring myself to get out and do anything.