Posted 18 May 2011 - 11:10 PM
Posted 19 May 2011 - 01:41 PM
I find I have a problem using TinEye for information on the site that I frequently get pics from. I suppose it is because they are newly posted pics each day. I always get the "no information found" and even if I use TinEye to search for info a few days later on the pic that I copied, it only leads back to my computer file.
I guess if I were ambitious enough I could go back a few days later, to the site that I copied them from originally, but, it would mean way too much time searching through hundreds of pics.
Posted 26 May 2011 - 11:28 AM
Saltoblattella montistabularis aka the "leaproach"
Though previously jumping roaches were only known to exist in the late Jurassic [which just got a bit creepier, wouldn't you say?), this cockroach, discovered last year on Table Mountain outside Capetown is heavily optimized for straight vertical leap, and can leap horizontally about as well as a grasshopper. Many consider it 'gross', but really, why is a jumping cockroach any grosser than any other leaping bug?
Posted 26 May 2011 - 11:53 AM
They are right up there on my "creepy beyond measurement" list. As a matter of fact, I would say they run neck and neck with spiders.
It was a valiant effort, Orpheus. Thank you.......I think?
Posted 26 May 2011 - 12:34 PM
It was a valiant effort, Orpheus. Thank you.......I think? :suspect:
Or don't -- as you prefer.
Posted 26 May 2011 - 01:22 PM
There was a time when I could not even look at a picture of a spider. I remember reading a National Geographic magazine when I was 22 years old and coming across a picture of a Taranchula. I could not even work up enough courage to turn the page.
I know I could never hold one in my hand but, I can look at one now. As long as there is some type of barrier in-between us.
Posted 28 May 2011 - 02:25 AM
The 2nd time my Dad pulled something out of the river was again a fishing trip. He caught a Gar fish. I had never seen anything so wicked come out of the river before! I just never went swimming/wading in the water at all after that.
I had nightmares where if the Halgarmmites did not get me the Garfish did!
Electrons do my work for me.
Posted 02 June 2011 - 10:43 AM
It's an utterly brilliant safe comfortable nesting location that probably had the other birds slapping themselves "Why didn't I think of that?" -- but not such a great staging point to teach the babies to stretch their wings and fly. Which, I'm guessing, they didn't.
The trick to parenting is remembering that you are ONLY preparing them to leave the nest.
Posted 02 June 2011 - 12:03 PM
It makes sense to me that with our encroachment of habitat/resources all over the world, wildlife have fewer options. Much like our own offspring.
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Posted 27 June 2011 - 12:16 AM
There are blue lobster-type animals, but with Homarus americanus, the blue was said to result from an absence of other pigments like red astaxanthin (which normally combine to a drab greenish brown) much as the disappearance of green chlorophyll unmasks autumn colors that were there all along. However, recent research, perhaps aided by the availability of blue crayfish for the home aquarium market, suggests that the blue is really due to excess production of a protein (crustacyanin) that binds astaxanthin [a normally red pigment] and turns it blue. If the "autumn" mutant exists, it would be exteemely rare. Ironically astaxanthin NON-producers are apparently red when live. Red, yellow and albino lobsters are even rarer than blue; not to mention the half-and-half genetic mosaics (as in Dick Tracy, sometimes the two halves are even different genders). All the common mutants --if you can call 1 in 3-4 Million (blue) or more "common*-- turn red when cooked. Only albinos don't.
The coolest thing about that sea horse is: it's male.
Posted 27 June 2011 - 12:57 AM
I knew that already.
The rest I was not aware of. Thank you, Orpheus.
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