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astronomy-to-zoology:

Small Emperor Moth (Saturnia pavonia)

…a species of Saturniid moth which occurs throughout most of the Palearctic region, and its the only member of its family to be found in the British Isles. Adult small emperor moths are chiefly nocturnal and will fly from mid-April to late June Like other saturniid moths adult S. pavonia have no mouthparts and cannot feed, their caterpillars however have a wide variety of recorded food plants. 

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Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Lepidoptera-Saturnidae-Saturniinae-Saturnia-S. pavonia

Image: Jean-pierre Hamon

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buggirl:

buggirl:

Love this.   We are citizens of the Earth and relatives of every creature on it.  We do NOT own it. 

To give a dollar to scientific research in The Amazon, check out my research proposal here.

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libutron:

adorablespiders:

Eight Spotted Crab Spider, Malaysia

Finally… after a long long search… I got my first Platythomisus octomaculatus (eight spotted crab spider)! Still a juvenile!

Platythomisus is a genus of flattened crab spiders (family Thomisidae) from Africa and Southern Asia.

All species are only known from females or juveniles, with the exception of P. jucundus, where only the male is known.

Females reach a body length of about 20 mm, males grow up to four mm. The smooth, convex cephalothorax is quite large, with smooth, slender legs that are not particularly long. The legs are often free of spines, with the occasional exception on the first two pairs. The opisthosoma is stout and oval.

P. octomaculatus has a yellow-orange color with four round, black marks on the cephalothorax and seven large black marks on the opisthosoma, with one spot near the cephalothorax, and the other six following behing in two longitudinal rows. The legs are of a bright yellow, with the outer halves black.

photo by Melvyn Yeo

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libutron:

Pirre Harlequin frog  (Pirri Range Stubfoot Toad)

Actually the Pirre Harlequin frog is not a frog but a toad of the species Atelopus glyphus (Bufonidae), found in eastern Panama, in the Serranía de Pirre, and Colombia, in the Chocó.

Atelopus glyphus is currently classified as a Critically Endangered species on the IUCN Red List, since like other species within the genus, their populations are being severely affected the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis that causes chytridiomycosis disease.

Specimen pictured is a juvenile captive-bred as part of the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project, an organization based in Panama, which is making significant efforts to establish colonies of the harlequin frogs and develop methods to reduce the impact of chytrid fungus, so that one day the captive amphibians may be reintroduced to their habitat.

References: [1] - [2] - [3]

Photo credit: ©Brian Gratwicke | Locality: Panama

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Beetle ID - San Antonio, TX, USA:

This was on the succulents on my back patio. (photo submitted by TR)

Paxon:

This is the V-marked Ladybird Beetle (Neoharmonia venusta venusta). They specialize in eating the lavae of willow bark beetles, but may also eat other insect larvae.

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Spanish Moth (Xanthopastis timais), family Noctuidae, native to the SE United States, as well as Central and northern South America and the Caribbean, but occasionally found wandering up the East Coast of the U.S.

photo: Richard Crook/Flickr

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ตั๊กแตนผี Aularches miliaris กินอาหารอย่างเพลิดเพลิน (at อุทยานแห่งชาติผาแต้ม จ.อุบลราชธานี)

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มอทค้างคาว มีให้พบมากมายในปากซอง (at Sabaidee Valley ສະບາຍດີວັນເລ່)

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buggirl:

Over 80% of the insects/spiders we encountered in the Yasuni National Reserve are unknown to science.  This was one of them.  This “tiger tarantula” is going through the lengthy process of being described by one of the biologists at the station.  What a lovely looking animal.

Tiputini, Ecuador.

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