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The Amazing Glass Katydid

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Helicophile

Gwen Pearson on Adorable Bees That Live Inside Snail Shells

Osmia bicolor is one of the first bees of spring, emerging as early as February in their native range of South England and Wales. As solitary bees, there are no queens and workers; females build their nests alone. Males emerge, mate, and then die.

What makes these little bees so captivating is where they make their nests. They repurpose empty snail shells, belonging to a small group of bees known as “helicophiles” (snail-lovers).  As a single mom, letting a snail do all the construction work for a home seems much more sensible than building your own from scratch.

It is the fussy nesting behavior of these bees that makes them so delightful to watch. Here is a female arranging her nursery shell just so; it wouldn’t do to have the opening pointing upwards and letting in rain.




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Weird-Ass Teroids

A composite post I've been thinking about for a while, and finally got off my asteroid to assemble.

Most recently - the discovery that the centaur (icy asteroids orbiting out past Saturn) Chariklo not only has two rings, but most likely a moon.

And the asteroid that sprouted six tails, each pointing in a different direction.



Astronomers think light pressure spun it faster and faster - the so-called YORP Effect - until after millions of years it's now spinning fast enough that loose gravel is being flung out into space. It may is be the way small rubble-pile asteroids die. See this swarm, discovered in September. It's currently gracefully flying apart.

And off course the bizarre debris from a deep-space collision back in 2010



Quite a few asteroids are oddly shaped, as well. eg: Astronomers Bounce Radar Off Monster Space Peanut
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There goes nature being incredibly awesome again. You may think you’re looking at a couple dried leaves, but you aren’t. These astonishing beauties are moths, specifically Uropyia meticulodina, from the family Notodontidae. Found in parts of China and Taiwan, the patterns on their wings mimic dead leaves so convincingly that they are considered to be one of the finest examples of camouflage in the animal kingdom.

Click here to watch brief video footage of Uropyia meticulodina in the wild. You still won’t believe your eyes.

Photos taken by Bettaman and enyagene respectively.

(originally seen here.)
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Purple Tassled Rhino Scorpionfish

via Real Monstrosities

Source: projectnoah.org





Weedy Scorpionfish, Rhinopias frondosa | ©Albert Kang  (Batangas, Philippines)</p>

Commonly known as Weedy Scorpionfish, Popeyed Scorpionfish or the Purple Tassled Rhino Scorpionfish, Rhinopias frondosa (Scorpaenidae) is a spectacular fish, very rare, but once found, can be easily located again as they tend to stay at the same place unless disturbed.

The colors will vary but they’re generally in red, purple, orangish hues. The specimen shown is purple variation.