The biggest snail on Earth?
It’s the largest species of gastropod in American waters, anyway. Lovingly referred to as the Florida horse conch, Triplofusus giganteus is a marine mollusc, whose enormous size and orange body makes it distinguishable on the ocean floor.
This huge snail feeds primarily on other species of marine snail. Btw, the largest species of marine gastropod is the Australian False Trumpet Snail (Syrinx aruanus).
"Peruvian Fern Stick Insect" (Oreophoetes peruana)
…a species of diapheromerid phasmid that is endemic to Peru and Ecuador. True to their common name O. peruana’s diet consists mainly of various fern species including in Asplenium spp. and Pteridum spp. Their bright coloration might be aposematic since when threatened O. peruana is capable of excreting a white liquid from its thorax. This liquid contains quinoline which is a mutagen.
Please have this quiz back to me by tomorrow. This will be 5 % of your final grade in this class.
One for brackenb! A close up of elements of an amazing green, white encrusted lichen [a Cladonia sp. - thanks brackenb:o)]which looks like an alien with sucker like appendages;o/
Taken in Savernake Forest, Wiltshire, UK. 15-11-04.
Life cycle of newly multicellular algae
A single-celled alga has been coaxed into becoming multicellular — giving researchers a chance to replay one of life’s most important evolutionary leaps in real time.
Read more: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24535
via New Scientist Video.
…a iridescent species of baridine weevil that is native to Central America ranging from Mexico to Panama, However it has also been introduced to southern Florida as well. Adult E. magnificus are fairly small with individuals averaging at around 5.6 millimeters long. Like other weevils they inhabit and feed on a variety of plants. In Florida they are noted for feeding on Seasonvine and other Cissus spp.
The REAL Dr. Brian Fisher. It’s literally the best thing
Fossilized snail shell turned opalescent (shared by Katherine F)
Notodontid Moth Caterpillar (Netria sp., Notodontidae)
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese caterpillars on my Flickr site HERE…..