sciencesourceimages:

Now THAT’S Camouflage!!

The Orchid Mantis inhabits rain forests of southeast Asia and the Indo-Australian Archipelago. They have one of the most perfect camouflage in the insect world.Their bodies are a beautiful pink and white with lobes on their legs that look like flower petals. Although this species does not necessarily live on orchids, it does look remarkably like a flower or orchid.

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They have a color and body plan designed to blend them in with the flowers they typically live on. The mantis can change its color between pink and brown, according to the color of the background. This small predator will sit within a flower waiting for an insect to approach. They then grab the potential pray with their powerful grappling arms equipped with long spines. The spines hold firmly onto prey making handling an easier prospect. 

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Image above © Francesco Tomasinelli / Science Source

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Meanwhile…
losexcentricos:

 

Meanwhile…

losexcentricos:

 

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spaceplasma:

On August 24th at 12:17 UT, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded this M5.6-category explosion near the eastern limb of the sun.

The source of the blast was sunspot AR2151. As the movie shows, an instability in the suspot’s magnetic canopy hurled a dense plume of plasma into space. If that plasma cloud were to hit Earth, the likely result would be strong geomagnetic storms. However, because of the sunspot’s location near the edge of the solar disk, Earth was not in the line of fire.

Even so, the flare did produce some Earth effects. A pulse of extreme UV radiation from the explosion partially ionized our planet’s upper atmosphere, resulting in a Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance (SID). Waves of ionization altered the normal propagation of VLF (very low frequency) radio transmissions over the the dayside of Earth, an effect recorded at the Polarlightcenter in Lofoten, Norway: data.

Credit: NASA/SDO

That’s sone explosion  Consider that in the second image that the whole Earth would be little more than the size of a pin prick in scale.

resurgenceofmyperspective:

The Amorphophallus titanum also known as the ‘corpse flower’ is the largest flower in the world and smells like rotting flesh.

resurgenceofmyperspective:

The Amorphophallus titanum also known as the ‘corpse flower’ is the largest flower in the world and smells like rotting flesh.

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libutron:

The spectacular Titan Arum

With a massive flowering structure that rises some three metres above the ground, the Titan arum is a giant among plants, scientifically named Amorphophallus titanum (Alismatales - Araceae).

These striking plants dwell only in the rainforests of western Sumatra, on steep hillsides that are 120 to 365 m above sea level.

The Titan arum has a massive inflorescence (flowering structure) consisting of a spathe (collar-like structure) wrapped around a spadix (flower-bearing spike). The spathe is the shape of an upturned bell. It is green speckled with cream on the outside, and rich crimson on the inside. It has ribbed sides and a frilled edge, and can be up to three metres in circumference.

The flowers are carried on the lower end of the greyish-yellow spadix. At the base of the spadix, within the protective chamber formed by the spathe, is a band of cream male flowers above a ring of the larger pink female flowers. When the flowers are ready for pollination, the spadix heats up and emits a nauseating smell. This stench is so bad that the Indonesians call the plant ‘the corpse flower’.

These wonders of nature are not easy to observe in the wild; they can take ten years to flower and are only open for one day.

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Photo credit: ©Jeremy Holden  |  [Top]  -  [Bottom]  | Locality: Sumatra

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webofgoodnews:

People doing good!

A couple of these I came across randomly, but most of them were found here.

Webofgoodnews.com

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"The less you respond to negative people the more peaceful your life will become."

— Unknown (via girlmoss)

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levantineviper:

The Lagoon Nebula in the constellation Sagittarius 
Image credit: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

levantineviper:

The Lagoon Nebula in the constellation Sagittarius 

Image credit: NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

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magicalnaturetour:

Good Giraffe (Feeding a giraffe at Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya.) by Alison M. Jones

magicalnaturetour:

Good Giraffe (Feeding a giraffe at Giraffe Manor, Nairobi, Kenya.) by Alison M. Jones

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thescienceofreality:

Enjoy some nature gifs in HD. [Click images to enlarge.] 

We’ve picked out a few favorites from Head Like An Orange, home of hundreds of amazing nature GIFs.

Marinus is a 28-year-old from the Netherlands, and he makes GIFs. But not just any GIFs: his Tumblr, Head Like An Orange, is a collection of some of nature’s most stunning, weirdest, sweetest, and funniest moments. At least, they are the best moments captured on film, put into TV shows, and edited down into short, spellbinding loops.

Are the ones we’ve picked out here the best GIFs on Marinus’s blog? We don’t know—there are hundreds to choose from, and they are all wonderful. But here are a few of the highlights.”

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brookshawphotography:

A young Mandrill at Chester Zoo posing nicely for me…

brookshawphotography:

A young Mandrill at Chester Zoo posing nicely for me…

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