"Now, nobody expects a fairy story to be true to life - it would fail in its purpose if it were." From M. W. F Tweedie's talk for "Passing Parade" on the Blue Network, Tuesday 29th June 1954. #naturalhistory#endseries
Diatom…let the food chain begin!
It’s boggling what happens when silicon meets a single cell, as any phycologist or diatomist will tell you. This alien looking beauty is from Ernst Haeckel's 1904 Kunstformen der Natur (Art Forms of Nature), showing pennate frustules.
Let’s celebrate nature in all its weirdness. Order your unisex cotton T. Click link in bio ➡️ @crypticanddroll. Please repost👍 #crypticanddroll#obscuretoatee
I am so happy that #itfoundmejunk is back this week, so here is my 5 word entry to play...
🏳•• Washed Up With The Tide ••🏳
Thank you for the reminder invitation to share something @jeanninebee9 and I've also got to 🗃 file this under a belated entry for #happy 😊hoarder KINDNESS OF STRANGERS because both Machel @mermaidsbox and Chris @gingercjx bestowed upon me this varied #seashell assortment for free!!
But alas, there's an unexpected stranger in the midst... 💀😏
Yep, I'm talking about the ominous dead thing.
Last month, I was scrolling through IG when a post caught my eye 👁 @gingercjx had stumbled upon a little #washedup animal skull during one of her walks down #BristolHarbor in Rhode Island!
I fell in love immediately (as I do with most unclaimed dead things) and she said "yuck, I left it there!"
I said "oh I do hope it's there when you go back."
And she claimed a crab 🦀 crawled out of its #eyesocket when she walked past, and I exclaimed "you're just making me want it MORE!" 🤗
Well lo and behold if she didn't march right back down to that beach, glove up for sanitary collection, and ship it to me! 📦😃 Now that's #friendship y'all
👩🏼⚖️ Jury is still out on a confirmed species, but it might be a #mink (or my secret hope) a #wolverine because I don't have one of those in my collection yet! People are awesome, and I'm humbled to call you all friends 🙋🏼
So the other day I pulled the back yard around a bit.
Whilst dragging an Acer around so noticed this but it looked liked it had just hatched.... wings crumpled and flexing its abdomen at strange angles.
I went indoors to get my phone and take a snap but it had gone.
Half an hour later saw this Sat on a stone flag.
Anyone got any ideas.... do saw flies have to have antennae? What is it?
It was about 2 cm long.
#TBT remembering other journeys in very different forests. This little guy is not from the Great Bear, but from a trip through the humid tropical rainforests of Sri Lanka with @romtoronto @vincentluk_ and @burton.lim.rom!
These field ants (Formica sp) and aphids have an interesting relationship. The ants protect the aphids from predators; in return, the aphids provide the ants with a sweet honeydew liquid. With strokes of their antennae the ants stimulate the aphids to produce the sugary substance. While it seems like a mutualistic scenario, a parallel to cattle ranging is often made in discussions of this relationship and perhaps aptly, as the ants do control the aphid colony much like a rancher does cows. These aphid-herding ants often transfer the aphids to plants with preferable sap. They are also known to bring the aphids into the colony at night for protection and to shelter aphid eggs over the cold winter months. To keep the aphids from dispersing the ants may clip off the wings of adults or excrete chemicals that prevent wing development at all. Watching this interaction up close is quite mind-blowing. San Juan Mountains, Colorado
#SEELIfe#colorado#entomology#ants#hymenoptera#symbiosis#explore#awesomenature#macro#macrophotography#macrovideo#wildlife#nature#naturalhistory#conservation#science#nikon @nikonusa @ilcp_photographers