oecologia:

Aurora Meets Volcano (Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland) by James Appleton.

imsfire:

alivealife:

#cats of clamp

Ahhh!  Cats enjoying sakura!

(Source: dojiahol735)

stuckinabucket:

Various animals demonstrating a sort of crypsis called masquerade.  This is where, instead of predators and prey just not noticing a thing, they notice it and don’t give a fuck because they don’t think it’s food.

Which is one of those things where we’re kind of getting into what the definition of is is, because we can’t exactly sit down and talk to animals and go “Hey, did you see that rock over there?” “Yeah, it’s a rock.  So what?” “It’s really a stonefish.” “Oh, shit son.”

Above: A stonefish.

This also only really works if the animals they’re trying not to be noticed by know what “a rock” or “a leaf” is and know that it’s not good to eat.  It’s further confused by the fact that a lot of the known examples also provide the benefit of crypsis, where if they’re lucky an animal won’t get noticed at all because they’re just blending right into the rest of the reef or tree or leaf. (A notable exception is the bird-dropping caterpillars, whose coloration and patterns stand out pretty clearly and brightly against most backgrounds.

Given how much a lot of these masquerading bugs look like leaves, they’re probably also contributing to a large number of the “herbivore with occasionally- or incidentally-taken insect” entries in “diet” for animal descriptions.

(DOI: 10.1126/science.1181931)

ftcreature:

awkwardsituationist:

photos of butterfly and moth wings taken by linden gledhil at seven to ten times life size.

"evolution is written on the wings of butterflies" - charles darwin

stunning.

awkwardsituationist:

shelter from the storm. photos by kutub uddin (more frog pics)

(Source: elkayem)

acidic-gumdrops:

aboyandhisboomstick:

War shit stuck in tree shit.

trees literally don’t care about anything they just keep growing

desixlb:

my apologies for these gratuitous echevaria-in-the-rain photos. i couldn’t help myself!

desixlb:

my apologies for these gratuitous echevaria-in-the-rain photos. i couldn’t help myself!

deanlovecastiel:

triptophobias:

backwardsorbust:

ellavictorious:

That’s fucked up. That’s real fucked up. That’s some ice spider shit and I do not approve.

That is the sickest shit ever

i just imagined a tiny little ice-spider on the mirror singing ‘let it go’ as he builds his little icy webby fortress.

THIS IS THE CUTEST THING 

deanlovecastiel:

triptophobias:

backwardsorbust:

ellavictorious:

That’s fucked up. That’s real fucked up. That’s some ice spider shit and I do not approve.

That is the sickest shit ever

i just imagined a tiny little ice-spider on the mirror singing ‘let it go’ as he builds his little icy webby fortress.

THIS IS THE CUTEST THING 

(Source: emilyblossom)