Insects & Arachnids

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INSECTS have six legs, antennae, and are segmented into 3 body parts. They are by far the most diverse animal group living on the planet today with over 1 million species. Insects make up perhaps 90% of all animals that have ever lived!

ARACHNIDS, though older, are a much smaller group that have eight legs and are segmented into 2 body parts. They include Spiders, Scorpions, Ticks, Mites, Camel Spiders, and Daddy Long-legs. Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years. No, this isn't a make-believe place.

Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years

It's real. They call it "Ball's Pyramid. " Honey bees trained to detect cancer. Dutch Design Week 2013: Portuguese designer Susana Soares has developed a device for detecting cancer and other serious diseases using trained bees ( + slideshow).

Honey bees trained to detect cancer

The bees are placed in a glass chamber into which the patient exhales; the bees fly into a smaller secondary chamber if they detect cancer. "Trained bees only rush into the smaller chamber if they can detect the odour on the patient's breath that they have been trained to target," explained Soares, who presented her Bee's project at Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven last month. Scientists have found that honey bees - Apis mellifera - have an extraordinary sense of smell that is more acute than that of a sniffer dog and can detect airborne molecules in the parts-per-trillion range. Revealing Metamorphosis. Three-dimensional imaging of living chrysalises shows how butterflies develop.

Revealing Metamorphosis

Internal anatomy of V. cardui as it develops within the chrysalis. The tracheal system is blue, the midgut is red, the air lumen is green, and the Malpighian tubules (part of the excretory system) are orange. prev next expand Revealing Metamorphosis Image Gallery. Tinkerbella nana. Clap if you believe: Tinkerbella nana fairyfly.

Tinkerbella nana

Photograph: Dr John T Huber The family Mymaridae includes more than 1,400 species of diminutive insects called fairyflies. Fight to the death. New praying mantis species discovered. Nineteen new species of a tree-living praying mantis family have been discovered, tripling the group’s diversity at a stroke.

New praying mantis species discovered

The bark mantises (Liturgusa Saussure) from Central and South America were found in tropical forests and among specimens kept in museums. Many of the newly described species are known only from a few specimens collected before 1950 from locations now heavily impacted by agriculture or urban development. “Based on this study, we can predict that mantis groups with similar habitat specialisation in Africa, Asia and Australia will also be far more diverse than what is currently known,” said Dr Gavin Svenson, curator of invertebrate zoology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in the US. “Many of these groups have never been studied other than by the scientists that originally described some of the species, which in some cases is more than 100 years ago.

Whip Scorpion. We've seen the elegant Scorpion with their often rather dainty pincers, now let's see their relatives, the chunky Whip Scorpions with their own brutal, barbarous claws.

Whip Scorpion

Whip Scorpions, also known oddly as Vinegaroons, are indeed arachnids with thick, hefty bodies. Most of them are 3 cm (1.2 in) long or a bit under, but the biggest ones can reach 8.5 cm (3.3 in). They have their 8 legs but, just like our very own Camel Spider, they only use 6 of them to walk. The first pair are longer and thinner than the rest and used as antennae. Bush-crickets have the world's biggest testicles (relatively speaking) Egyptian Giant Solpugids (Camel Spider) Camel spiders became an Internet sensation during the Iraq war of 2003, when rumors of their bloodthirsty nature began to circulate online.

Egyptian Giant Solpugids (Camel Spider)

Many tales were accompanied with photos purporting to show spiders half the size of a human. For many years, Middle Eastern rumors have painted camel spiders as large, venomous predators, as fast as a running human, with a voracious appetite for large mammals. The myths are untrue. These creatures do not actually eat camels' stomachs or sleeping soldiers, and they are not so large—but the real camel spider is still an amazing predator. 20 Lovely Macro Photographs By Magdalena Wasiczek  The Incredible Praying Mantis. Mantodea (or mantises) is an order of insects that contains approximately 2,200 species in 15 families worldwide in temperate and tropical habitats.

The Incredible Praying Mantis

A colloquial name for the order is “praying mantises”, because of the typical “prayer-like” stance, although the term is often misspelled as “preying mantis” since mantises are predatory. [Source] Mantises have two grasping, spiked forelegs (“raptorial legs”) in which prey items are caught and held securely. Located at the base of the femur are a set of spines, usually four in number but ranging from zero to as many as five depending on the species. Who's Your Daddy? Take Notice of the Small Things. Giant Spider Web Mystery Solved. Earlier this month, entomologists were debating the odd phenomenon of an enormous spider web that blankets several trees, shrubs and the ground for over 200-yards over a trail in a North Texas park.

Giant Spider Web Mystery Solved

Officials at Lake Tawakoni State Park said the massive web is a big tourist attraction for some, but others refuse to go anywhere near it. "At first, it was so white it looked like fairyland," said Donna Garde, superintendent of the park about 45 miles east of Dallas. "Now it's filled with so many mosquitoes that it's turned a little brown. There are times you can literally hear the screech of millions of mosquitoes caught in those webs. " The Honeybee’s Final Sting. Jun 16, 2012 If you’ve ever wondered why honeybees tend to die after stinging someone this picture says it all.

The Honeybee’s Final Sting

In an incredible capture by Kathy Keatley Garvey, a UC Davis Communications Specialist in the Department of Enomology, we see a bee stinging a person’s arm and then attempting to fly away as the stinger remains lodged in the victim. Praying Mantis Attacks Hummingbird. "Hand and spider" by Adam Taylor. Monarch butterfly migration Mexico. <div class="greet_block wpgb_cornered"><div class="greet_text"><div class="greet_image"><a href=" rel="nofollow"><img src=" alt="WP Greet Box icon"/></a></div>Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to <a href=" rel="nofollow"><strong>subscribe to the RSS feed</strong></a> for updates on the Trans-Americas Journey. <div style="clear:both"></div></div></div> As another season of epic annual monarch butterfly migration comes to an end here in Mexico, we started thinking about our accidental encounters with the fluttery masses last year.

And we do mean accidental. Goliath Bird Eating Spider. 35 Amazing and Colourful Photographs of Dragonflies. A quick trip into the back garden often throws up a slew of photographic opportunities. For people who are lucky enough to have a few dragonflies around, the colourful creatures are a great subject. Enjoy this collection and don’t forget to check out our own tutorial on how to photograph dragonflies . Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. by Krikit ♥ , on Flickr I Love Rain (Explored #15, Front-Page) by Yogendra174 , on Flickr Cooee! Insect Covered in Dew. The Assassin Bug. With a name like the assassin bug, you can be sure this is one tough insect. As it turns out though, the assassin bug doesn’t just kill and eat its victims—it also wears their exoskeletons as part of its suit of armor.

In a way, this Malaysian bug is probably the closest thing the insect world has to a deranged serial killer. After it’s made a kill, the assassin bug—which calls Malaysia home—injects its victim with a special enzyme that dissolves and softens its guts so they can be easily sucked out. And once all that’s left is the insect’s empty shell, the assassin bug attaches those exoskeletons to its back using a sticky secretion, piling them high to create a thick layer of protective armor that also serves to confuse its enemies. It might seem like a ridiculous stunt, but imagine you were fighting a war and saw a soldier coming at you covered in dead bodies. Spider Checks Himself Out In The Mirror. COME AT ME BRO! Random photo Submit your photo Stumble Thru animal photography. Luna Moth. Nature photography - pictures of animals, pictures of birds, pictures of butterflies, macro photography of insects, plant photos, pictures of mushrooms.

The most beautiful and unique images of nature. Great photographers observe nature by Canon, Nikon cameras, equipped with the best lenses - see all species in our gallery and listen to the birds' and animals' voices. If you want to use images for commercial purposes - send a message: info@nature-pictures.org If you want to get a file with an author's dedication ( to non-commercial print ) - write: info@nature-pictures.org Nature photographers,nature experts, people writing articles on nature topics are welcome to cooperate. Mantis vs Snake. Bizarre "King of Wasps" Found in Indonesia.

Untitled photo by Lee Peiling. Amazing Fireflies Photos. Intricate Wing. Argentine Ants Use Chemical Warefare. Leafy Butterfly. Raining Spiders in Brazil. Concrete Poured Into Ant Colony Reveals Insect Megalopolis. Earliest Terrestrial Animal: Scorpion. Long exposure fireflies. Beauty by Igor Siwanowicz. Simple Eye in Invertebrates. Ants Eat Whole Gecko Eaten in a Matter of Hours. Rosacea may be caused by mites. Oleander Hawk Moth. Scientists discover another cause of bee deaths, and it's really bad news. Spiders On Drugs‬‏ Ant Colors. The Stunning Glasswinged Butterfly.