Trying out the macro lens for my iPhone!
Who’s a pretty snake? Trinity is! Was nice to get her out for a photo or two :)
"Don’t touch this king crab."
"Seriously, don’t touch it."
"Yeah, okay, fine."
"I mean it this time."
"Yeah, I can see that."
"No, really. Don’t.”
Source: Courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, 2013 Northeast U.S. Canyons Expedition.
Nolid Moth Caterpillar (Chloephorinae, Nolidae)
The swollen thorax of these caterpillars is believed to be mimicking unpalatable berries as a deterrent against hungry birds. Locally these are mass infestation larvae responsible for entire tree defoliation.
Although very common at this time of year, they pose a photographic challenge in that, undisturbed (and if not eating), they adopt regal poses (head and tails raised) individually and as groups. The slightest disturbance (and because they usually reside on the underside of leaves) such as moving foliage to catch the best angle, they either flatten out and vomit green fluid which tends to spoil the shot, or they throw themselves into space on a silk thread lifeline to resume their positions when danger has passed.
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..
Identification posters for bumblebees of the eastern and western United States. You can download printable pdf versions at the link.
Bringing this back since it’s spring.
I wish Akhi would stay still enough for a good picture like this!
Zebra Jungle Carpet Python - User Char D @ Reptileforums.co.uk
Vastly unnecessary 90% of the time. Very few fish kept in aquariums are piscivores, and only eat live fish because they are conditioned to, out of territorialism, or desperation.
Fish rarely kill feeder fish before eating them, so many are eaten alive dying of shock or trauma. So it’s not painless at all.
And like I said, very rarely do any fish need live feeder fish. Oscars, Jack Dempseys, African Cichlids, piranhas, even arowanas and gars don’t need live feeder fish. In fact, Oscars rarely eat fish in the wild. They eat mostly snails and shrimp. Many African cichlids are omnivores or herbivores, including yellow labs and general Malawis (the most common ones you see in pet store) and yet people still feed them fish.
Add to that the fact that feeder fish are packed full of parasites, half starved, and could give your fish many different diseases it’s an all around horrible idea.
Do not feed your fish or reptile live feeder fish 98% of the time.
'Pixel' morph - Red Blood Morph (Golden Eye x Batik)
Produced by Chris McAra
Go vote his picture 'best python image of the year!'
This caught my eye because we are actually investing in a 1.1 pair of golden eye and batik next year (FROM CHRIS EVEN! I didn’t even realize it was the same breeder we’re dealing with because I just woke up!)