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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 on the planet, making up 90% of all animals that have ever lived.

Though more ancient, ARACHNIDS are a much smaller group that only includes Spiders, Scorpions, Ticks, Mites, Camel Spiders, and Daddy Long-legs. Arachnids have eight legs and are segmented into 2 body parts. Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years. 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. Bees can be trained to detect specific chemical odours, including the biomarkers associated with diseases such as tuberculosis, lung, skin and pancreatic cancer. Revealing Metamorphosis. Three-dimensional imaging of living chrysalises shows how butterflies develop.

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. Asian "Fortune-Teller" Spider Found in U.S. for First Time. An East Asian spider known for its colorful nicknames and strong, golden silk has moved into the U.S. state of Georgia—the first time the species has been recorded in North America.

Asian "Fortune-Teller" Spider Found in U.S. for First Time

A new study found that trees and shrubs in at least three counties in northern Georgia are now seasonally decorated with Nephila clavata's big, yellow webs. (See spider pictures on National Geographic's Your Shot.) Tinkerbella nana. Clap if you believe: Tinkerbella nana fairyfly. 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.

Tailess Whip Scorpion. 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. 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. 20 Lovely Macro Photographs By Magdalena Wasiczek  Who's Your Daddy? Moth camouflaged against a page. Parasites Are Wiping Out Entire Honeybee Colonies. Bees around the world are at risk from a number of threats including habitat loss and the effect of pesticides, plus bacterial disease like American foulbrood.

Parasites Are Wiping Out Entire Honeybee Colonies.

Bee colonies are also at risk from mites (especially Varroa mite parasite) and parasites. Although parasites have long been associated with “colony collapse disorder”, where entire hives are wiped out, it is only recently that the magnitude of the threat has been fully realised. The parasite concerned is a microsporidian called Nosema ceranae, which can harm adult bees and their larvae. It causes adult bees to die early, and kills the larvae before they can transform into bees. It is spread easily via airborne spores. The parasite poses a particular threat to honeybees found in Europe and across Asia. The enhanced risks were found from studies conducted in a laboratory, where bees were kept and various risk scenarios involving the spread of the parasite were tried out. 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. 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

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. Weird how they looked at those Camel Spiders and thought "good idea", yet the most famous arachnids - spiders and scorpions - haven't felt the need.They get their name from looking a bit like a scorpion. 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!

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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.

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. Source Most Popular Posts This Week. Spider Checks Himself Out In The Mirror. COME AT ME BRO! Random photo Submit your photo. 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. Head of Polistes with two compound eyes and three ocelli A simple eye (sometimes called a pigment pit[1][2]) refers to a type of eye form or optical arrangement that contains a single lens. A "simple eye" is so called in distinction from a multi-lensed "compound eye", and is not necessarily at all simple in the usual sense of the word. The eyes of humans and large animals, and camera lenses are classed as "simple" because in both cases a single lens collects and focuses light onto the retina or film.

Many insects have compound eyes consisting of multiple lenses (up to tens of thousands), each focusing light onto a small number of retinula cells. 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.