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fairy-wren:

spectacled eider
(photo by wikimedia)

fairy-wren:

spectacled eider

(photo by wikimedia)

astronomy-to-zoology:

New Zealand giraffe beetle (Lasiorynchus barbicornis)

is a long species of straight-snouted weevil found exclusively in New Zealand. this species of weevil is special as is the longest species in the world, with males reaching 85mm long and females 45mm long. Most of their length comes from their extremely long neck, thus the name giraffe, their Maori name (tuwhaipapa) on the other hand, comes from the Maori god of newly made canoes. they exhibit minimal amounts of sexual dimorphism as well, as males have a protrusion on the end of their head with antennae on the tip, but on the females they have a much smaller protrusion with antennae halfway through.

Phylogeny:

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Coleoptera-Curculionoidae-Brentidae-Lasiorhynchus-barbicornis

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these photos are bonkers

photo by Dmitri1999

photo by Dmitri1999

Yak (Bos grunniens)photo by travelwayoflife

Yak (Bos grunniens)
photo by travelwayoflife

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rhamphotheca:

Periphyton Community
The periphyton community (sessile organisms that live attached to surfaces projecting from the bottom of freshwater aquatic environments) in Lake Hovsgol contains hundreds of diatom species. Diatoms are a large group of microscopic algae that grow as single cells or small colonies. This sample was taken as part of a Mongolian-American international partnership to survey the diatom flora of Hovsgol National Park in north-central Mongolia.
(Via: Live Science)      (photo: Mark B. Edlund, Ph.D.)

rhamphotheca:

Periphyton Community

The periphyton community (sessile organisms that live attached to surfaces projecting from the bottom of freshwater aquatic environments) in Lake Hovsgol contains hundreds of diatom species. Diatoms are a large group of microscopic algae that grow as single cells or small colonies. This sample was taken as part of a Mongolian-American international partnership to survey the diatom flora of Hovsgol National Park in north-central Mongolia.

(Via: Live Science)      (photo: Mark B. Edlund, Ph.D.)

Gray wolf (Canis lupus)photo by dalliedee

Gray wolf (Canis lupus)
photo by dalliedee

Congregation of harvestmen (Opiliones)Photo by Luis Fernandez Garcia

Congregation of harvestmen (Opiliones)
Photo by Luis Fernandez Garcia

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Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)photo by Lauri Vain 

Collared Aracari (Pteroglossus torquatus)
photo by Lauri Vain 

Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)photo by Bob Fabry 

Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)
photo by Bob Fabry 

Cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) passing a berryphoto by Minette Layne

Cedar waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) passing a berry
photo by Minette Layne

Went birding at Washington Crossing State Park this morning!

Went birding at Washington Crossing State Park this morning!

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)photo by Ken Billington 

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
photo by Ken Billington 

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