Jaeger - Thee newest addition to the family, picked up this little guy at Repticon in Ft Lauderdale
Beneficial Bug of the Day: The Fiery Searcher, Calosoma scrutator
Fiery Searchers are large colorful ground beetles. All ground beetles are predatory. Their main source of prey are caterpillars, which has also earned them the name Caterpillar Hunter. This makes them highly beneficial to both your garden and our crops. These beetles can live up to 3 years as adults. I chose this particular ground beetle as the bbotd, because it has the added benefit of simply being stunning.
Remember, ask before you smush!
Thanks to Alex Wild for making this shirt. “Recent biomedical research (Vetter 2008, 2013) concludes that less than 4% of self-reported “spider bites” actually involve a spider. Most supposed bites are the result of poorly trained medical workers misdiagnosing bacterial infections. ”
Rick Vetter is a ROCK STAR.
When I talked to him about getting sources about the real “danger” of the brown recluse, he told me to use the information to “trample the weak and hurdle the dead”.
Urutu cruzeiro - Bothrops alternatus
George the goldfish’s surgery to remove a tumor is a neat little story! (With more photos)
He said people often became attached to pets, “from goldfish to budgie”, and that veterinarians valued the bonds between humans and animals, and did not discriminate between the species when trying to save lives.
"Every day I’ll do something different like this - operate on a little frog, or treat budgies, lizards, snakes and wildlife," Dr Rich said.
Despite their size, he said goldfish could live up to 30 years if looked after properly.
ALL snakes in or near water are cottonmouths*, dontcha know?!
*you shouldn’t kill cottonmouths either, you pricks.
This is perhaps one of the most beautiful animals I have ever seen. I believe it is in the Family Ctenidae. She was found in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Photo: L. Jacobs
More crappy cell photos of Sasha. Judging from these pics I think I’m going to up her feedings a bit. :) I always worry about overfeeding (super common in captive predators), but it looks like she could use a little more!
Normally eels will stop or slow down on feeding when they’re full, or at least many species will IME. Sasha won’t… She will keep eating until she throws up, so it is a little trickier judging how much to feed her.
Fimbriated moray (Gymnothorax fimbriatus)
My bashful little boy. :3
Her colors are stunning.
this is how volly drinks
like a 2 day old human baby
i HAVE NEVER SEEN SUCH A CUTE SNAKE I CAN’T HANDLE THIS
It’s amazing how often I hear that question honestly…wasps are predators, and predators are essential in maintaining the populations of other organisms so that no one species overcrowds, expends its resources and destroys both itself and the rest of its biome. That kind of goes without saying really.
Of course, with wasps, it goes a little deeper than that, too; while carnivorous, social wasps such as yellow jackets do an amazing job indiscriminately regulating all sorts of insects, the majority of wasps are parasitoids who evolved to kill one and only one host species.
In most cases, a single wasp is in fact the ONLY thing keeping a given species of caterpillar, aphid or other plant-eater from a devastatingly destructive population explosion.
This is a service so deeply integrated in the ecosystem that a staggering amount of plant life, including most of the trees, shrubs and grasses you see every day, have evolved to directly communicate with wasps - and wasps alone - when they’re in danger.
Corn, for example, is attacked by two different corn-specialist caterpillars. Each of those caterpillars has its own enemy wasp. The corn plant will tolerate some small amount of munching, but if it starts to get overwhelmed by caterpillar activity, it will identify which of the two species is feeding on it and release a chemical signal into the air, attracting exactly the right species of wasp.
To top it off, wasps also play just as big a role in flower pollination as bees, with many flowers, especially orchids, even evolving to be pollinated by wasps alone.
Wasps as a whole are basically among the most important land animals on our planet.
As for their “assholeishness,” though, most of that is pure hyperbole. It’s pretty much just a “meme” that wasps are evil, nasty monsters who love to sting people. I’ve never been stung by a wasp in my entire life. Generally, they only sting if they have reason to believe you are a predator after their nest and their young. They pay a lot of attention to how you behave around them, and if you get scared or panicky, all they know is that your level of “excitement” has risen, which, to them, can only mean you’re eager to devour their family.