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I couldn’t help it - here are some more jeweled caterpillars

I just posted about a particularly awesome jeweled caterpillar, but I had to have some more. The above caterpillars were photographed by Dan Janzen (except for the turquoise one). One question you may ask is, what is the purpose of the gummy spikes? There is some evidence that they make it harder for the larvae to be eaten, since ants placed in the same container as the caterpillars find their mouths gummed up. Here’s more from the SciAm blog Observations:

Biologists do have some ideas about the function of larvae’s gumdrop spines, however. The glutinous cones break off extremely easily—one can gently tweeze them off or even pull them off by accident—suggestive of the way some lizards’ tails snap off in a predator’s mouth. Janzen says this trick might help the larvae escape from hungry insects and birds, but researchers have not yet confirmed this.

Amazing!

#science  #bugs  #insects  #caterpillars  #beautiful  #photography  #nature photography  


When fire ants are gathered into a group, they act like a fluid, as depicted above in a scene, arranged by the researchers, that could be called either whimsical or the stuff of nightmares.

When fire ants are gathered into a group, they act like a fluid, as depicted above in a scene, arranged by the researchers, that could be called either whimsical or the stuff of nightmares.

#ants  #nature  #science  #insects  #bugs  #art  

This is what a see-through bug looks like when it eats (h/t Buzzfeed)

#praying mantis  #insect  #bugs  #science  #buzzfeed  #video  #youtube  

When asked by a theologian, “What inference might one draw about the nature of God from a study of his works?” eminent British population geneticist J.B.S. Haldane (1892-1964) replied: “An inordinate fondness for beetles.”

When asked by a theologian, “What inference might one draw about the nature of God from a study of his works?” eminent British population geneticist J.B.S. Haldane (1892-1964) replied: “An inordinate fondness for beetles.”

#quote  #science  #genetics  #j.b.s. haldane  #beetles  #insects  #bugs  #british  #theology  

jtotheizzoe:

Macro Photos of Insect Eyes by Shikhei Goh
When it comes to odd and beautiful evolutionary tangents, the compound eyes of insects have to be at the top of the list for specialization, other-worldliness and beauty.
Shikhei Goh has a huge gallery of macro photos of insect eyes here, and they are phenomenal.
I call this guy “Wilford Brimley”.
Previously: Did you catch this three-dimensional view of a fruit fly embryo’s development, cell by cell?
(via Colossal)

jtotheizzoe:

Macro Photos of Insect Eyes by Shikhei Goh

When it comes to odd and beautiful evolutionary tangents, the compound eyes of insects have to be at the top of the list for specialization, other-worldliness and beauty.

Shikhei Goh has a huge gallery of macro photos of insect eyes here, and they are phenomenal.

I call this guy “Wilford Brimley”.

Previously: Did you catch this three-dimensional view of a fruit fly embryo’s development, cell by cell?

(via Colossal)

#insects  #bugs  #photography  

Another incredible macro shot by Ondrej Pakan.
More of Pakan’s amazing work here.

Another incredible macro shot by Ondrej Pakan.

More of Pakan’s amazing work here.

#bugs  #insects  #nature  #photography  #macro  #photo  #huffpost  #science  

Incredible macro shots of dew-soaked bugs by Ondrej PakanSee more here: http://huff.to/MB4KHd

Incredible macro shots of dew-soaked bugs by Ondrej Pakan

See more here: http://huff.to/MB4KHd

#insects  #huffpost green  #science  #bugs  #macro  #photography  

Nom nomz (Taken with instagram)
See more of Igor Siwanowicz’s shots of insects in battle here: http://huff.to/IWp8N5

Nom nomz (Taken with instagram)

See more of Igor Siwanowicz’s shots of insects in battle here: http://huff.to/IWp8N5

#insects  #bugs  #nature  #science  #huffpost