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#81 Orpheus

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 12:07 PM

That's impressive. My neighbor's dog often doesn't recognize his own tail.

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 06:51 AM

This creature is an extremely rare caecilian called Atretochoana discovered recently in Brazil. It is known from only two preserved specimens. Caecilians are limbless wormlike amphibians with poorly developed eyes. Apart from the lack of eyeballs Atretochoana also has no lungs and breathes through skin.

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Yeesh....that's ugly!

Betcha I know why it's rare.  People see it, freak out and kill it.

Cause that's what we do with the strange & unusual, seriously.

#83 M.E.

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 04:40 PM

This little creature, known as Issus has it's own functioning mechanical gears.

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A plant-hopping insect found in gardens across Europe - has hind-leg joints with curved cog-like strips of opposing 'teeth' that inter-mesh, rotating like mechanical gears to synchronize the animal's legs when it launches into a jump.

The finding demonstrates that gear mechanisms previously thought to be solely man-made have an evolutionary precedent. Scientists say this is the "first observation of mechanical gearing in a biological structure."

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 11:43 AM

^Impressive!   :freakoutnonny:  :oh:
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#85 M.E.

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 07:45 PM

Venezuelan Poodle Moth - A newly discovered species


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Posted 24 November 2018 - 07:02 PM

^ Snopes says that that appears to be a model (not an actual specimen) of Bombyx mori, aka the (China) silkworm moth.

I can't view the snopes image of that moth, but here is the wikipedia image.

Now Snopes says the Venezuelan Poodle Moth is a real suspected new species (as in they are not 100% sure if is new to the species catalogue or not yet). The Snopes article does have a picture of that moth at the end of their article that I can't link.

They are both very light coloured very hairy moths. Though the Poodle Moth seems to have fluffier legs, and their antennae are shape differently, with their hairs going in different directions too.

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 08:17 PM

Found this, rather adorable until it eats your socks.


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Posted 28 November 2018 - 08:33 PM

*laughs* Very adorable :) Looks like it must have just came out of the cocoon with those curled wings.

Though they have that video mislabeled. The antennae give it away, it looks like a (China) silkworm moth, not a Venezuelan Poodle Moth.
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Posted 28 November 2018 - 09:26 PM

It was posted on another site under a topic called Nature Photos.  I thought it looked awfully perfect.

The one in the video creeps me out.  Probably because it's real.

What neither of you have said is how large it is, is it really as big as it looks in the picture?

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 03:09 PM

View PostM.E., on 28 November 2018 - 09:26 PM, said:

It was posted on another site under a topic called Nature Photos.  I thought it looked awfully perfect.

The one in the video creeps me out.  Probably because it's real.

What neither of you have said is how large it is, is it really as big as it looks in the picture?

It's a toy . . .
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#91 M.E.

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:32 PM

View Postgsmonks, on 29 November 2018 - 03:09 PM, said:

View PostM.E., on 28 November 2018 - 09:26 PM, said:

It was posted on another site under a topic called Nature Photos.  I thought it looked awfully perfect.

The one in the video creeps me out.  Probably because it's real.

What neither of you have said is how large it is, is it really as big as it looks in the picture?

It's a toy . . .

:lol: But is it life/actual size?

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Posted 16 December 2018 - 12:28 AM

With the new cameras and social studies of the various ant colonies there are new documentaries on our closest neighbors.
They out weight us and there is always a colony close at hand.

The Giant Super Colony


This is good eye opener

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 02:45 AM

From Ant lets move backwards


Some of the footage is spectacular, the voice over, sweet as honey,  enjoy.
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Posted 27 August 2019 - 01:37 PM

My cats are amazing yet they are nowhere to be found. :)
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Posted 27 August 2019 - 01:38 PM

You know your eyes are going when what you see is "Flesh Eating Videos No Longer Supported . . . "
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#96 D.Rabbit

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Posted 06 September 2019 - 09:30 PM

Blame this post on gsmonks' cats. :D
i don't want to be stewardess of a typical pet.
What I have is a mischief of Ravens.

A small collection of 4 at first.
One died and Max has remained a bachelor.
Max likes to torment any critter he can.
Squirrels and even the late Rupert the robin was always on the look out for him.
Pretty much harmless, he was just amusing himself.

The other pair had an off spring this year.
It was so sweet to see them training their new partner in mayhem as to which bugs to eat.

On the Aug. long weekend they where hanging out at the bottom of the east drive. I told them no hand outs, there is plenty of road kill for them to feed on.  3 of them started to walk down the middle of the west bound lane with their wings held up in the air.

I share this bunch of crazies with a neighbor. They know who she is and I often tell them to go bug her.
We don't see each other that often but one day she drove up and we where chatting to each other in the drive.
They decided to get off the wall and went down to the road to stop traffic!
It wasn't that busy but the vehicles do zip  by at 100 km often enough.
She drove, i walked down the hill, no reason for them to be there. "Cut it out!," I scolded and off they flew.
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Posted 03 May 2020 - 10:06 PM

The "Murder Hornets" from Japan have found a home in NA.
2" long and enough stings will kill you but they mostly trash bee hives.

I caught sight a couple of my paper wasps floating around the front door today.
They think because the door does not always close properly that they can build a nest in the top of the door jam.
I warned them off. Not a lot this year. Just the two so far, I had the problem of a few of the queens coming in last fall and hanging out in the windows until they died of boredom.  Very strange, but it was a mild winter for the most part so they could not stay hibernating.
Nice to see a few of these gentle creatures survived.
When I say gentle, often enough if they get trapped in the house, they will crawl onto my mouse hand to hitch a ride outside.

Don't know the temperament of the Murder Hornets, don't think I want to find out.
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Posted 04 May 2020 - 02:49 AM

View PostD.Rabbit, on 03 May 2020 - 10:06 PM, said:

The "Murder Hornets" from Japan have found a home in NA.
2" long and enough stings will kill you but they mostly trash bee hives.

I caught sight a couple of my paper wasps floating around the front door today.
They think because the door does not always close properly that they can build a nest in the top of the door jam.
I warned them off. Not a lot this year. Just the two so far, I had the problem of a few of the queens coming in last fall and hanging out in the windows until they died of boredom.  Very strange, but it was a mild winter for the most part so they could not stay hibernating.
Nice to see a few of these gentle creatures survived.
When I say gentle, often enough if they get trapped in the house, they will crawl onto my mouse hand to hitch a ride outside.

Don't know the temperament of the Murder Hornets, don't think I want to find out.

Was there a picture?  I had a giant mutant wasp get in my apartment last summer, scared me, big time.  I already had the air conditioner set up so I could not open the balcony to capture it and let it go.  I did capture it and it died within 30 minutes.  I think it died because they sprayed the building for roaches about a year or so ago and the poison is still working.  Same thing happened to 2 very large black spiders that got in here.  I found the opening where they were getting in and covered it up.

Did tell you already that it was a false alarm?  We don't have roaches in the building.  So happy about that.:D

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Posted 04 May 2020 - 06:41 AM

My wife showed me a picture of a Murder Hornet.  They look like they want to commit murder.

I definitely would stay away.

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Posted 10 May 2020 - 11:38 PM

I did not  post a picture of them because they look like any other hornet only they are around 2" long.
Looks like your safe in Edmonton ATM too cold for them there.

Here's a fun video. You might want to avert your eyes when the praying mantis appears.


From the list at YouTube they are the gladiators of the animal kingdom for those who get their trills watching critters fight.

I had a good sized spider come running out from between my desk top and back up power supply. It stopped at the mouse, looked up at me, I jumped, she jumped and took off after I tossed a tissue over top of her to transport her out doors.
Rather liked her, sure hope the one that looked like a tiny octopus, at the bottom of the standing water in my bath tube was not her.
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