Day 5 of the 2023 #dragonfly #AdventCalendar. Brown Hawker is a very fast-flying species which doesn't settle often so I find it very hard to photograph. Except when a female is laying eggs, as here at the fantastic #RSPB #StrumpshawFen in #Norfolk in July. #DragonflyAdventCalendar #wildlife #insects #wildlifephotography #invertebrates
Day 4 of the 2023 #dragonfly #AdventCalendar Time for our first #damselfly and it's the Large Red, which is generally the earliest to emerge each year in April. This one was at the great #Wiltshire #WildlifeTrust reserve #Ravensroost Meadows, in early June. #DragonflyAdventCalendar #wildlife #insects #wildlifephotography #invertebrates
Day 3 of the 2023 #dragonfly #AdventCalendar Today's photo is a Common Clubtail. Despite the name they're not at all common. They like large, slow-flowing rivers. This one was by the Thames at Goring in late May. Despite the bright colouring they can be hard to spot when hiding like this. #Oxfordshire #DragonflyAdventCalendar #wildlife #insects #wildlifephotography #invertebrates
Day 2 of the 2023 #dragonfly #AdventCalendar and today we have a Keeled Skimmer, a classic species of bogs and wet heaths throughout the UK. This one was at the wonderful #Devon #WildlifeTrust reserve at Bystock Pools in August. #DragonflyAdventCalendar #wildlife #insects #wildlifephotography #invertebrates
“#NoisePollution is certainly something that everything from small #invertebrates to big #cetaceans are interacting with and so that’s why we’re moving forward as a country on this topic,” said Cox, a #BiologicalSciences post-doctoral fellow at #SFU.
32% of our target unlocked & just under £10,000 raised so far; can we reach and pass 1/3 of our target today?
Thank you so much for your donations to date. Remember whatever you are able to donate will be DOUBLED
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#OrchidMantises: Research discovers their petal-shaped femoral lobes may actually be used for gliding https://phys.org/news/2023-11-orchid-mantises-petal-shaped-femoral-lobes.html paper: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0960982223015178
"orchid #mantis nymphs are excellent gliders, exhibiting the shallowest gliding trajectories in terrestrial #invertebrates... expansion of femoral lobes throughout ontogeny reduced wing loading, improved gliding efficiency... These lobes represent the first documented rigid #exoskeleton structures enabling gliding"
I like this crab’s style. It’s a porcelain crab, Neopetrolisthes maculatus. Porcelain crabs are decapod crustaceans in the family Porcellanidae, which resemble true crabs but are in fact closer related to squat lobsters. 🧵1/2
Massive New #Seamount Discovered in International Waters Off #Guatemala
"The 1,600-meter seamount covers 14 square kilometers and sits 2,400 meters below sea level... This marks the ninth #seafloor #discovery since the #ResearchVessel #Falkor (too), was launched in March... #Seamounts are #biodiversity hotspots, providing surfaces for #DeepSea #corals, #sponges, and a host of #invertebrates... There are more than 100,000 #unexplored seamounts taller than 1,000 meters."
🗓️ 𝐒𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞! 🗓️
We’re excited to announce that we’ll be taking part in the Big Give #ChristmasChallenge!
🥰 Every donation made to our #NoInsectinction campaign between midday on the 28 November & midday on 5 December will be DOUBLED!
Did you catch Buglife founder & Vice President, Alan Stubbs, talking to John Devine on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire?
🕷️Join them as they discuss Alan's recent MBE & hunt for bugs in Peterborough's Central Park
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0gsw4dm (👂listening time 00:03:38)
#MondayMotivation #CelebrateBugs #Invertebrates #Bugs #Insects #MBE
Enjoy this smack of jellyfish for #WorldJellyfishDay! This linocut shows a smack of jellyfish. The collective noun for a group of jellyfish is a "smack". This amuses me, because I imagine them smacking their tentacles together in some sort of deepsea high five. To be honest, marine biologists speak of 'blooms' and we do tend to lump in a bunch of soft-bodies marine creatures into the term jellyfish, 🧵
November 3rd. World #Jellyfish Day! https://invertebrate.w.uib.no/2023/11/03/november-3rd-world-jellyfish-day/
"they are an important part of the regular diet for many #fishes and #invertebrates, both while swimming in the #WaterColumn, and once their remnants fall to the #seafloor, transferring a significant amount of #carbon to the #DeepSea"
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Another reminder that as far as I can tell, the wonderful @Buglife are the only UK conservation charity with an active presence on mastodon, and they're great! Give them a follow
#insectodon #invertebrates #bugs #bugstodon
update: @bumblebeeconservationtrust are here too! and also very worthy of a follow!
For the #SciArtSeptember prompt glowing, it’s my linocut of the #bioluminescent firefly squid! The firefly squid (Watasenia scintillans), also called sparkling enope squid or hotaru-ika in Japan, live at depth (200 to 400 m) and are bioluminescent and emit blue light from photophores. 🧵1/2
Zum #InsektenSamstag Groß und Klein: Eine Feldwespe (Polistes spp), von einer winzigen Schlupfwespe (vermutlich) umschwirrt. Die letztere entdeckte ich erst bei der Nachbearbeitung des Fotos - sie ist deutlich kleiner als auch nur ein Auge der Feldwespe. Die Vielfalt der Natur bringt mich immer wieder zum Staunen!
Blue Morpho Butterfly painting 🦋🦋🦋
Palette knife oil painting of a Blue Morpho Butterfly on a black background.
#BlueMorpho #butterfly #insects #WildLife
#JanMatson #artist #painting #art #MastoArt #prints #oilpainting #ArtistsOfMastodon #HomeDecor #FediGiftShop #bugs #entomology #Entomologist #nature #mothtodon #invertebrates #lepidoptera #insekten #gardening
After several decades working in Pathology & 25 years at my current workplace, it is time for a change. Working in healthcare through the #pandemic was frankly exhausting & demoralising. So I'm planning my escape, & will spend the next couple of years doing some courses & volunteering in ecological/environmental surveying
#Ecology #Habitat #Surveying #Invertebrates
...another instance where calm is called for: when you spot a bipalium kewense flatworm that's longer than your foot.
these guys are big predators of earthworms & are thus enemies of mine. they may also be carriers for angiostrongylus.
they are one of my least favorite creepy crawlies. do not touch with your hands. smoosh them on sight. they can regrow from fragments, so smoosh them FULLY.
i just saw a little non-segmented white worm (some kind of larva, maybe 1cm long). it was crawling along, then scrunched itself up, kind of like a turtle pulling its head back into its shell. and then it released and launched itself forward 3 inches! in the air! it fricken turned itself into a spring and then released! is this common larval behavior??
Writing about hammerhead worms meant looking at the history of their US invasion, which is how I learned that the invasive species Bipalium adventitium was identified in NY in 1947 (and in California in 1943) by zoologist Libbie Hyman.
At a time when there were few women in zoological research, Hyman literally wrote the book on invertebrates, producing a 6-volume treatise ("The Invertebrates") and 90 articles from 1940-1967.
My kid just asked me if backbones give you eyelids. I was as confused as you would expect, but he explained:
While some vertebrates do not have eyelids, he couldn’t think of any invertebrates that do have them, so his conclusion was that having eyelids requires a backbone.
Now I’m definitely no #biology expert (this kid probably knows more than I do) but I do know that eyes evolved independently in different animals. Now, #biologists, I am curious. Do any #invertebrates have eyelids?
Fun fact - the nests, which are constructed from chewed up bark, and leaves, mixed with mud, are waterproof.
That's right. Bugs invented paper, cardboard and waterproofing way before us.
#antstodon #ants #AntsOfMastodon #biologymastodon #wildlife #naturalhistory #invertebrates #entomology #myrmecology #naturephotography #nature #mumbai #MumbaiUnseen #mumbaimangroves #BombayMeriJaan #IITBombay #powai
Found in forests, woodland, and scrub jungles, but also in the parks and gardens of urban Mumbai, their large pagoda style nests are not only hard to miss, but also earn them the 'pagoda' moniker.
Today, on cool critters which share our planet, but which we seldom notice, let's meet the Pagoda ant (Crematogaster sp.).
These tree-dwelling ants are amongst those bugs which have pioneered the making of cardboard (much like the 'paper' wasps which build papery nests from chewed-up plant fiber).