Our Spotting of the Day is not an ant, but an ant-mimic moth caterpillar (Homodes sp.)! The adoption of ant-like characters by other organisms is known as as myrmecomorphy. Myrmecomorphs are mostly spiders but also comprise other groups of insects. Caterpillars in the moth genus Homodes are closely associated with weaver ants, and resemble them in morphology and behavior. Spotted in Thailand by Project Noah member Paul Davis. buff.ly/2oUtWyV
One of the fluffiest, wuffiest plants in the world!
It comes from Turkey, Armenia and Iran and spends most of the year looking like a dense mat of leaves that only reaches about 20 cm tall.
Each leaf is shaped like a lamb's ear and is covered in soft, silvery hairs that are a delight to touch and stroke. It's pretty much a pet plant that you can cuddle.
Then, in spring and summer, they grow an extremely woolly spike, with extremely woolly leaves, and extremely woolly flower buds.
It's a true feast for the hands!
I guess the flowers are a feast for butterflies and bees and stuff, but they're not woolly at all. So... whatever.
According to the World Wildlife Foundation, there are only 1,864 giant pandas remaining in the wild. In an effort to save this beautiful endangered species, experts are working hard to help breed the bears before they go extinct, especially since pandas have difficulty giving birth in captivity. Tha...
The Silurian Scorpions varied in size; from approximately three feet tall and eight feet long, to twenty-five feet long and twelve feet tall. ... See MoreSee Less
The Silurian Scorpion was a species of giant scorpion (arachnid) from the Silurian period, which hid under the sand and tracked prey by sensing vibrations.
Silurian Scorpions were large arachnids which possessed a purple and sandy-brown exoskeleton. They closely resembled whip scorpions; with spiked claws, six legs, antennae-like frontal sensory organs, and a whip-like flagellum tail at the end of the pygidium. The Scorpions varied in size; from approximately three feet tall and eight feet long, to twenty-five feet long and twelve feet tall.
Spotting of the Day from New Zealand! The endangered North Island Kaka (Nestor meridionalis septentrionalis) has disappeared from much of its former range. It is one of two subspecies of the New Zealand kaka, first described by German naturalist Johann Friedrich Gmelin in 1788. The genus Nestor contains three other species: the kea (N. notabilis), the extinct Norfolk kaka (N. productus), and the also extinct Chatham kaka (N. sp.). They belong to the New Zealand parrot superfamily (Strigopoidea), which is separate from all other parrots. Find out more in the spotting! Spotted at the Mt Bruce Reserve by Project Noah member remkinloch. buff.ly/2p8FEZe
At Frank Lake yesterday evening, after I'd been standing in one place taking pictures for about 30 minutes, one of the American Avocets flew over to check me out. Here's one of my photos of that event.