Sharing bird sounds from around the world. Nudibranchs—Photo Gallery—National Geographic Magazine. Time-lapse photography of coral reef critters. Spider Photos By Nicky Bay Showcase the Bugs' Terrifying Beauty. 7 Moths that Make Butterflies Look Boring. From Wildlife Promise I still like butterflies, but let’s be honest, moths need some love.
They just aren’t as popular as butterflies, and they certainly should be! Both belong to the large order of insects, Lepidoptera, which refers to the tiny scales covering most moth and butterfly wings. I used to freak out when I touched a moth or butterfly wing because there was a powdery residue. Turns out, that’s the scales rubbing off their wings. Moth species dominate the Lepidoptera order almost 10 to 1, with over 11,000 species in the U.S. alone! #1: Snowberry Clearwing Moth Is it a bumblebee? The clearwing moth hovers as it drinks, resembling a hummingbird. . #2: Luna Moth Luna moths are really freaking amazing. Luna moths are fairly common in the Eastern U.S. near forests. . #3: Texas Wasp Moth This species has evolved to mimic paper wasps to protect themselves. . #4: Atlas Moth This species is the largest moth in the world (measured by wing surface area) . #5: Winter Moth #6: Uropyia meticulodina. 40 Beautiful Animal Photography.
The Seas Strangest Square Mile. Animal Of The Week: The Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko. The Pink Underwing Moth: Skull-Faced Caterpillar of Australia’s Rainforest. Nature never ceases to astonish.
This is the larva of the Pink Underwing Moth, an endangered species which lives in the subtropical rainforest below about 600m elevation in the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland. It has evolved a remarkable set of patterns to ward off potential predators. A giant set of eyes would, you might think, be enough to warn off a bird looking for an easy lunch. Yet this caterpillar goes one step further. It appears to have a set of teeth which could rip any possible attacker to shreds.
That might be true, if it were not for the fact that the caterpillar of the pink underwing (a subspecies of Phyllodes imperialis) is something of a fussy eater. When they hatch the caterpillars are at first a dull brown color. As the caterpillars grow they develop these two large eye spots bordered by thin yellow rings. The most surprising thing, perhaps, is that these remarkable markings are at the larva’s bottom end, as it were. 7 Videos of People Rescuing Animals. Some people can be pretty terrible to animals—but most people will try to help cuddly (and not-so-cuddly) creatures when they can.
Here are some of the most incredible videos of people saving animals. 1. Surfers Saving a Shark Ordinarily, surfers and great whites aren’t exactly friends, but when this great white shark pup washed up on a beach with a hook caught in its mouth, these brave surfers pulled it out of the water, removed the hook barehanded and then helped it get back in the water. Just a warning, you might want to watch this one on mute as the narration of the woman filming is more annoying than it is useful to understanding what’s happening. 2. The coolest thing about this video isn’t that the diver helped remove the hook and cut the fishing line that was tangled around this poor dolphin, but that the animal seemingly knew the diver could help him. 3.
Somehow a tiny kitten ended up on a tiny ledge, several stories off the ground. 4. 50 Unique Pictures of Animals. Beautifully vivid portraits of rare and exotic Ecuadorian frogs [12 pictures] Despite being a little country, Ecuador is home to almost 9% of amphibian species in the world.
And a third of these are endangered. The Catholic University of Ecuador has a program that aims to reverse the decline of as many of these animals as it can. The effort is called Balsa de los Sapos — Life raft of the frogs. Photographer Peter Lipton worked with these conservationists to document some of the frogs and toads that the program is working with and for… Male Gastrotheca Testudinea, last known specimen Hyloscirtus Psarolaimus of unknown gender, last known specimen Male Atelopus Exiguus, last known specimen Tigrinus of unknown gender, last known specimen Hyloscirtus SP of unknown gender, last known specimen Male Gastrotheca Espeletia, last known specimen Female Atelopus SP, one of three known specimens (all female) Hyloscirtus larinopygion of unknown gender, one of three known specimens Female Atelopus Nanay, one of four known specimens (all female)