Shark Week Takeover by Brian Skerry: My very first encounters with sharks happened right here in the waters off New England. The sharks we most often saw were blue sharks. … Occasionally we saw a basking shark and once saw a couple of dusky sharks, but mostly it was the beautiful blues.
Guatemala Neckband Snake (Half Coral Snake) - Scaphiodontophis annulatus
Though characterized by a coloration and pattern similar to that of the venomous coral snakes (genus Micrurus) and by extremely long and fragile tails, Scaphiodontophis annulatus (Colubridae) is actually a harmless snake, but presumably, both the coloration and the tail structure are putative defense mechanisms that protect the snakes from predatory attack.
In this species the color is variable in the extent of banding pattern, with some individuals showing the brightly colored pattern only on the anterior third or less of their bodies.
This snake is aglyphous (lacking grooves), which means that it has no specialized teeth and each tooth is similar in shape and often size. In Scaphiodontophis annulatus the maxillary teeth are peculiarly hinged and shovel-like, an adaptation for feeding on skinks.
The Guatemala Neckband Snake is a diurnal species that inhabits the leaflitter of mature wet forest in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and Colombia.
Photo credit: ©Josiah Townsend | Locality: La Liberación, 1030 m, Reserva de Vida Silvestre Texiguat, Honduras (2010)
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Encyosaccus sexmaculatus, Orb Weaver- Yasuni, Ecuador
If you think hummingbirds and butterflies are beautiful, then prepare to be amazed at this underwater fashion show.
Rhododendron leafhopper (Hraphocephala fennahi)
The Rhododendron leafhopper, so named as it feeds on the sap of rhododendrons, is native to the USA. The species was introduced to Great Britain in the 1930s and continental Europe in the 1970s. photo credits:
Per i complottari in allarme rosso da mesi: leggere e ripetere a voce alta millemila volte, da bravi.
Universal Converter Box
Seems like a good investment.
Don’t you just love good design work? Victoria Siemer, also know as Witchoria, is a graphic designer hailing from Brooklyn, New York.