A beautiful banded alder borer (Rosalia funebris) spotted by Metro restoration technician Mary Meier at Baker Heaton Confluence natural area. This native long-horned beetle lays its eggs in decaying wood of downed trees like alder, oak, willow, maple and others. They are not easily spotted but some seem to be attracted to the smell of paint, so next time you paint your house a few may come and visit. Just make sure you put a lid on your paint can!
Butt naked. Baboons bums are likely the most versatile bums out there. It is a comfortable callous cushion to sit on but more amazing; it turns redder and more swollen when a female has her ovulation, so the males can tell that a female is ready to reproduce. And even more astonishing; when she already has a baby of one male baboon and another male takes over the pack, the bum can falsely turn red to deceive this male and protect her baby. Wondrous nature .AND
Kermit is as small as my fingernail! 🐸💕 I was so delighted when this little being joined us for lunch. My Japanese landlady had told me about these tiny frogs that appear during summer and I've been really looking forward to seeing them. So cute that I couldn't stop gushing over it ❤️ .
That cautious black shoe in the background belongs to @sm7na who stayed far beyond the reach of this tiny froggy. Yo, I plan to visit iZoo, the largest amphibian and reptile park in Japan. Your reaction like that, how...? 🤔🐢🐍🦎 .
h e a v e n l y. Oh, the bees and butterflies are very happy. I've spotted lots of monarchs and larvae and eggs on my daily walks and I have five eggs on the milkweed in my cottage garden. I plan to collect a few eggs in mid August when I can devote time to feeding those hungry cats. So for now I'm just enjoying them in the wild. This lovely lady was taking a nice long drink from the dew drops on my dahlias. #gbbutterflyhatchery#blooooms#dahliadavidhoward
h e a r t . It was an instagram collision with long ago memories of art school in Italy that led my brush here. Last week images of La Specola, one of my favorite places, a natural history and anatomical wax museum in Florence, flooded my feed. It's not for the faint-hearted (pun intended) but it is a wonderful place for those with a curious nature and an open mind. Anatomy has always interested me, both human and animal, in life and in death. I find it all beautiful. I hope you do too. 🖤 #thewayiseeit
s c a r l e t • t a n a g e r • when your neighbor shows you a specimen she found because she knows you'll appreciate its beauty and the rarity of a closer look at one of the most striking song birds. 💔