Friday 31 May 2013

Return of the Cicadas

Samuel Orr
Here's a fantastic video of the Periodical Cicadas. The Magicicadas!

Thursday 30 May 2013

Red Triangle Slug

Image: Michael Murphy/AFP/Getty Images
Triboniophorus graeffei
Oh dear! Someone's been swimming in the nail polish!

Wednesday 29 May 2013

Cicada Killer Wasp

Image: Mike Keeling
Sphecius speciosus
Does exactly what it says on the tin! Such honesty is scant comfort if you're a Cicada.

Sunday 26 May 2013


Image: NOAA
Pray, little lamb! Pray for your tiny soul!

Friday 24 May 2013

Cookeina Mushroom

Image: Geoff Gallice
Fairy bath!

Wednesday 22 May 2013

Borneo Forestdragon

Image: Bernard DUPONT
Gonocephalus borneensis
Oh, dear. Fashion is such a fickle business. After all that time growing a mohawk from your neck up, it turns out you should have been growing it from your neck down! Darn... and you only just waxed your back after getting rid of the dorsal dreadlocks.

Sunday 19 May 2013


Image: James Jordan
Take some earplugs and put them in your ears. Then get some earmuffs and put them over your ears. And then take your hands and cover your ears. You are now ready for a close encounter with a Cicada.

Friday 17 May 2013

Ausubel's Mighty Claws Lobster

Image: WoRMS for SMEBD
Dinochelus ausubeli
The surgeon will see you now...

Wednesday 15 May 2013

Moon-headed Sidegill Slug

Image: berniedup
Euselenops luniceps
It's a chocolate chip pancake with rolled, chocolate wafers in! Delicious! But what is it doing on the sea floor when I have a perfectly good plate right here?

Sunday 12 May 2013


Image: Nick Hobgood
Seahorses are fish who can barely swim and the males get pregnant. Seahorse, you're doing it wrong!

Friday 10 May 2013

Myrianida pachycera

Image: Greg W. Rouse
Myrianida pachycera
It's a worm! A worm with a tail! A tail made of worms!

Wednesday 8 May 2013

Wandering Legs

We care for them, clean them and lovingly wrap them in linens to defend against the elements...

We walk them, break them and bend them to our merciless will, regardless of the pain, calluses or fungal growth...

But some day, all legs must fly the nest.

Sunday 5 May 2013

Twig-like Feather-legged Spider

Image: Pen Araneae
The trees have eyes!

Friday 3 May 2013

Tomato Frog

Image: Frank.Vassen
Tomato Frogs are as red as a tomato and almost as spherical. They're a bit more poisonous, though!

Wednesday 1 May 2013

Sailfin Lizard

Image: OZinOH
Just because the dinosaurs died out doesn't mean reptiles of today can't benefit from some of those ancient ideas!