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scienceyoucanlove:

Our Ranger team has chosen this awesome macro as its Spotting of the Week! These amazing hypnotic eyes belong to a mantisfly – which despite its name and appearance is neither a mantis or a fly but a member of the Neuroptera order and more closely related to lacewings.Dicromantispa sayi spotted by LisaPowershttp://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/656066007
through Project Noah

scienceyoucanlove:

Our Ranger team has chosen this awesome macro as its Spotting of the Week! These amazing hypnotic eyes belong to a mantisfly – which despite its name and appearance is neither a mantis or a fly but a member of the Neuroptera order and more closely related to lacewings.

Dicromantispa sayi spotted by LisaPowers
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/656066007

through Project Noah

the-feature:

Scientists say one of the greatest environmental and economic disasters in the nation’s history — the rapid land loss occurring in the Mississippi Delta — is rushing toward a catastrophic conclusion.

corgiaddict:

Connie the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and his magnificently large ears.
Watch him grow at http://instagram.com/conniethecorgi

corgiaddict:

Connie the Cardigan Welsh Corgi and his magnificently large ears.

Watch him grow at http://instagram.com/conniethecorgi

chasingthegreenfaerie:

60 Different Shell Crafts for your Collected Beach Treasures {Saturda… on We Heart It.

chasingthegreenfaerie:

60 Different Shell Crafts for your Collected Beach Treasures {Saturda… on We Heart It.

tulipnight:

Winterburn Reservoir, Milky Way by MatthewSavage Photography on Flickr. (Yorkshire Dales, England)

tulipnight:

Winterburn Reservoir, Milky Way by MatthewSavage Photography on Flickr. (Yorkshire Dales, England)

absinthius:

by Paul-W
libutron:

Coyamito Agate Pseudomorph | ©Uwe Reier
Rancho Coyamito Norte, Mexico (2013).
Pseudomorphs in agate are quite rare but do occur in nodular agates from various locations, usually as a calcite or aragonite replacement. 

libutron:

Coyamito Agate Pseudomorph©Uwe Reier

Rancho Coyamito Norte, Mexico (2013).

Pseudomorphs in agate are quite rare but do occur in nodular agates from various locations, usually as a calcite or aragonite replacement. 

libutron:

The Olm - Proteus anguinus 

This strange creature is commonly known as the Olm, a rare cave salamander belonging to the species Proteus anguinus (Caudata - Proteidae), which is only found in Europe. 

The Olm is perfectly adapted to live in caves. As it spends its entire life in darkness, Proteus anguinus has very poorly developed eyes and is blind. It also lacks pigment in the skin, giving its body a pasty white appearance, Its pink hue is due to blood capillaries near the skin, and as its translucency shows the contours of the internal organs. 

This salamander does not undergo a clear metamorphosis and retains many juvenile features, such as gills, throughout its life. It is long-lived, potentially reaching up to 58 years of age.

The Olm is restricted to subterranean aquatic habitats in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Italy and Slovenia. The species is classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List. 

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: [Top: ©Darko Visek | Locality: Rokina, Croatia, 2008] - [Bottom: ©National Geographic | Locality: Divje Jezero, Idrija, Slovenia]

thekimonogallery:

Mt Fuji rising over Lake Ashi and Hakone village.  From an old 1880s photograph by Kimbei Kusakabe, taken from the hillside slope behind Hakone village.  Text and image via Okinawa Soba on Flickr

Beautiful clarity and quality for such an old picture.