|Picture post #2 of 3: THIS is why I'm a biology major.
||[Dec. 27th, 2005|07:00 pm]
Please look and enjoy!!|
These are all from Piotr Naskrecki's The Smaller Majority. It's the most fascinating book I've seen in a long time...full to the brim with GORGEOUS, full-color photographs of rare, unusual, or just plain fascinating insects, reptiles, amphibians, arachnids, crustaceans, and some in categories all their own. It's written wonderfully too.
So, I scanned some of the photographs. They are BEAUTIFUL!
The colors, man! And this is a katydid nymph, no less! Why I posted this photo, of course, is self-explanatory ;)
Two pictures of the frickin' FASCINATING Velvet Worm. The more I read about these things, the cooler they become.
For starters, they are "remarkably similar to fossil forms dating back as far as the Cambrian 530 million years ago."
Then! To hunt, they "eject sticky, silk-like strands from a pair of oral glands" to trap their victims.
Their bizarre reproductive habits make them even cooler. Though different species vary, some Velvet Worms mate with the male depositing sperm directly onto the female's skin (often her head). The sperm are then absorbed into her body and "eventually find their way to the ovaries". Bearing young is way cool too. Some species lay eggs, others have their eggs hatch inside their bodies, and others give birth to live young.
WOW. Cool. No common genus for these guys, that's for sure!
These weevils are just frickin' cool.
Oh my frickin' GOODNESS, is it just me or does this longhorn beetle look like an ibex or springbok or something? It certainly does not look like a beetle!
This Goliath Beetle is just way cool to me. Doesn't even look real!
The Glassfrog. This is such a superb act of camouflage...wow. This frog is almost translucent in the sunlight, so that when it sits on a leaf, predators have a VERY hard time seeing it. Evolution at its very best!
Full-grown Coconut Crabs reach over three feet across, and are one of the coolest things I've ever frickin' seen.
The FANTASTIC LEAF-TAILED GECKO!!!! Wow, just wow.
By the way, those guys can change color too.
The next is so CUTE! I know this Giant Leaf-Tailed Gecko is supposed to be giving such a scary, life-saving spectacle, but...CUTE!