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Wonderful Life: The birds of paradise

Wonderful Life: The birds of paradise

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:

The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology has completed its Birds-of-Paradise Project, a veritable paradise for bird aficionados, nature lovers, and especially professors like me who want to show students the most stunning examples of sexual selection on Earth. (Remember that sexual selection is just a form of natural selection: a subset of that…

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wiselwisel:

Resumen gráfico de lo que es un conflicto armado.
(yodiscrepo)

wiselwisel:

Resumen gráfico de lo que es un conflicto armado.

(yodiscrepo)

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fishstickmonkey:

Okimono in the Form of a Raven
Myōchin Munesuke  (Japanese, Edo period, 1688–1735)
Date: early 18th century
Culture: Japanese
Medium: Steel
Dimensions: L. 18 in. (45.7 cm)
Metropolitan Museum of Art

fishstickmonkey:

Okimono in the Form of a Raven

Myōchin Munesuke
(Japanese, Edo period, 1688–1735)

Date: early 18th century
Culture: Japanese
Medium: Steel
Dimensions: L. 18 in. (45.7 cm)

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(Source: corallorosso, via coqbaroque)

textless:

Southwest Colorado wildflowers, July 2014.

‏@LaBriiii

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metazoa-etcetera:

The Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus) is an endangered, flightless bird occurring in the forests of New Caledonia. 
[Photo source unknown.]

metazoa-etcetera:

The Kagu (Rhynochetos jubatus) is an endangered, flightless bird occurring in the forests of New Caledonia. 

[Photo source unknown.]

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sinobug:

Stinging Nettle Slug Caterpillar (Cup Moth)

family Limacodidae

These caterpillars are custom built with every conceivable self-protection device imaginable.

Bright, garish colors which are like danger signs in nature saying “I taste awful” or “I am loaded with poison; multiple stinging barbs which inflict painful and persistent burning rashes (on humans anyway); false eyes pointing in every direction to say ” I see you, you can’t surprise me”; a head end that looks the same as the rear end so there can be no potential surprise attack from behind; and specific to the Limacodid caterpillars (who actually have no true legs, hence the slug in their name), a sticky adhesive underside that makes them very difficult to prise off their food plant.

With that in mind, stinging nettle caterpillars are often not hard to find. They don’t conceal themselves day or night and will often be in the most conspicuous of locations. Basically, they have little to fear.

Pu’er, Yunnan, China

View my other images of Limacodid Caterpillars from China (Beijing and Yunnan) in my Flickr set, Limacodid (Cup Moth) Caterpillars.

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