"Apis Mellifera: Honey Bee" a high-speed short from Michael N Sutton
A honey bee can fly up to 6 miles; as fast as 15 miles per hour. Their wing stroke at 200 beats per second. The average bee produces 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in a lifetime. 1100 stings are required to be fatal. The drones do not sting and do not work. A colony consists of 20,000 - 60,000 bees and one queen. Worker honey bees are female, live for about 6 weeks and do all the work. A hive will fly 90,000 miles to collect 7kg of honey. A queen bee can live for 3 to 5 years. Honey bees have 2 compound eyes and 3 simple eyes. Drones are expelled from the hive during winter and die after mating. Biggest threats: mites, colony collapse disorder, disease, urbanization and African bees.
Giant Anteater - Myrmecophaga tridactyla
The giant anteater is much bigger than illustrations make them seem - males can get up to 90 lbs and over 7 feet long.
Their tongues are “elastic”, almost 2 feet long, coated in a sticky saliva, and anchored directly to their sternums, rather than the hyoid bone that anchors most mammalian tongues. They flick in and out almost 180 times per minute. As one might expect, they do not have teeth, but smash the ants against their palate before swallowing. Their stomachs are tough, but do not produce their own acid; they use the formic acid of the ants in order to digest.
Since the structure of termite mounds can be as tough as concrete in some places, the anteaters need strong, well-anchored claws to tear them open. These claws would get in the way while trotting through their environments, however, and as such, anteaters walk on their knuckles, much like the great apes.
Brehms Tierleben, Allgemeine Kunde des Tierreichs. Prof. Otto zur Strassen, 1912.
A very bizarre bird was photographed in Venezuela recently. Meet the Potoo, which is rarely seen in daylight. - Imgur
what the fuck is that
that looks like a god damn nightmare
are you fucking kidding me it sounds like a 18 year old boy complaining to his mother because she cut off the wifi
we laughed for an hour about this
Cocoon and Evolved Metallic Mechanitis Butterfly Chrysalis from Costa Rica
"What do I do for a living? I live for a living. When I moved out in the forest 35 years ago, people said "You can’t escape reality." I went TO reality. You’re living in a virtual reality. You don’t even know where your stuff comes from, don’t even know where your poop goes.
I live in nature where everything is connected, circular. The seasons are circular. The planet is circular…Do people live in circles today? No. They live in boxes. They wake up every morning in a box of their bedrooms because a box next to them started making beeping noises to tell them it was time to get up. They eat their breakfast out of a box and then they throw that box away into another box. Then they leave the box where they live and get into another box with wheels and drive to work, which is just another big box broken into little cubicle boxes where a bunch of people spend their days sitting and staring at the computer boxes in front of them. When the day is over, everyone gets into the box with wheels again and goes home to the house boxes and spends the evening staring at the television boxes for entertainment. They get their music from a box, they get their food from a box, they keep their clothing in a box, they live their lives in a box.”
This is awesome creature is the caterpillar form of Phylllodes imperialis, the Imperial Fruit Sucking Moth. The moth is found in parts of Australia and a few neighbouring island countries. The markings on its head that resemble a mask sporting giant eyes and a wonderfully freaky skeletal grin are used to frighten off potential predators.
Photos by plant.nerd