Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Take a look at that Bullet Ant, man. The Bullet Ant is badass. Why? Because the world’s most painful insect sting belongs to the Bullet Ant, that’s why. It is also the world’s largest ant, and that bite just happens to be venomous. Yowza. A worker ant can be over 1-inch long and looks like a wingless wasp. These little dudes have reddish-brown hair and are much hairier than other related ants. Bullet ants are most likely to be found in Central and South America. Finally, why is it called a Bullet Ant, you ask? From the shot of intense pain that it delivers, that’s why. Feels like a damn bullet. It’s sting can also produce agonizing effects in the recipient for up to 24-hours. According to the Schmidt Sting Pain Index (I included a chart below because that’s what high quality blogs do) the Bullet Ant is rated at a Level 4, the highest level of freakin’ pain. Sweet Mother. Anywho, Bullet Ant.

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Not surprised.

Check out the Puss Caterpillar, man. Dude looks like somebody’s hairpiece or maybe Trump’s actual hair. Here’s the problem, though. Although he looks as cute as a button, this little bro is the most venomous caterpillar in the good old U.S. of A. It’s bite can cause throbbing pain, burning, rash, swelling, nausea, abdominal pain, headaches, and shock. Hey, I’m no doctor but that doesn’t sound good at all. But anyway, kids? Don’t pick one up. Fun Fact: The Puss Caterpillar is also known affectionately as the “Toxic Toupee.” That’s cool. Fun Fact #2: It got it’s name because somebody thought it looked like a housecat. Anywho, Puss Caterpillar.

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Magnificent.

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Beautiful.

Well, they basically stick their snouts up through the water, let the water freeze around it, and stay there until it melts. I kid you not. Check it:

Baby Alpacas come directly from the Alpacas in the High Plains of Peru, and live at an altitude of more than 13,000-feet.  Baby Alpacas eat . . . ah, what the hell, nobody cares. I just wanted to post photos of adorable Baby Alpacas.

PS- If you don’t like Baby Alpacas you’re a bad, bad person.

The Hall & Oates of Muskippers?

Photographer Daniel Biber from Hilzingen, Germany was there when a bunch of Starlings began to swirl and twist, most likely the result of a predator such as a falcon or hawk being in the vicinity since they do this as a protective instinct. It was by coincidence they resemble a giant bird. We think.

Also, a large group of Starlings is called a Murmuration. That’s cool.

Check out that Hercules Beetle Larvae, man. Dude is butt-ugly like you read about, unless you’re another Hercules Beetle Larvae and then probably think he’s quite lovely. This bad boy ends up being a species of Rhinoceros Beetle native to the rainforests of Central America and South America. Check out the cool time-lapse video below to see what he looks like all growed up and whatnot. Oh, and not to alarm anybody or anything but monster can freaking fly. Anywho, Hercules Beetle Larvae.

Science Now: The origins of the Himalayan yeti myth have been revealed at last — thanks to science. Big furry animals, larger than humans and capable of walking on two legs do indeed roam the highest mountains on Earth, according to a study published Tuesday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a biological sciences journal.

But they’re not yetis. They’re bears.

After analyzing the DNA of nine purported yeti specimens, scientists found that five of the preserved “yetis” were in fact Tibetan brown bears, two were Himalayan brown bears, and one — a relic which looked like a fossilized hand — originally belonged to an Asian black bear.

The ninth specimen — part of a tooth belonging to a stuffed yeti in the collection at the Reinhold Messner Mountain Museum, turned out to be from a dog.

Man, this has got to be a historic letdown of epic proportions for the mythical folklore crowd, amirite? All those stories we’ve heard for years about hairy man-beasts roaming the Himalayas and terrorizing the countryside, only to find out they’re damn bears. And a dog. Bad day for ape-like entities I guess?

What’s next, we find out the Sasquatch is really a damn Irish Wolfhound? Good God.

PS- I’m not sure I’m buying it. This Proceedings of the Royal Society B sounds shady as hell.

 

 

 

A Cama is a hybrid between a male camel and a female llama and has been produced by artificial insemination at the Camel Reproduction Centre in Dubai. Yes kids, Dubai has a Camel Reproduction Centre. Why does a Cama have to be reproduced through artificial insemination, you ask? Because an adult camel can weigh up to 6-times as much as a llama and that could make things a little awkward for the llama if you get my drift. Anywho, Cama.

Shabani is a gorilla that lives in Japan. He’s a beast with the ladies, who love him for his brooding good looks and animal magnetism. Shabani spends his days flexing, staring thoughtfully into the distance, and enjoying bona fide celebrity status at the Higashiyama Zoo. He’s Dutch-born, Australian-bred, and now resides in lady gorilla’s dreams worldwide. Word on the street is that this dude is wild. Shabani, man. Check him out.

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The Bearded Fireworm looks like a big, cute, hairy caterpillar on steroids. One of those big, cute, hairy caterpillars you shouldn’t touch because it’s horribly venomous and will sting the bejesus out of you. The Bearded Fireworm has hollow, toxic bristles which will puncture your skin. Bearded Fireworms come from rocky areas around the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Most of them scarcely reach 4-inches long, but some can get to over a foot in length. Anywho, Bearded Fireworm.

Sea Robins are a family of bottom-feeding fish, and they are the superheroes of the fish game. They get their name from their large pectoral fins, which, when swimming, open and close like a bird’s wings in flight. The large surface area of the fins also permits the fish to glide short distances above the water surface like a flying fish. Sea Robins have an unusually solid skull, and many species also possess armored plates on their bodies.  When caught, they make a croaking noise similar to a frog. That’s just freaky, man. Sea Robins also have six spiny “legs”, three on each side of their bodies. These legs are actually flexible spines that were once part of the pectoral fin, and they help the fish search for food on the ocean floor. Check out that video down below to watch a Sea Robin strolling around like an undersea boss. To reiterate, Sea Robins can swim, walk, and freaking fly. Anywho, Sea Robins.

Ballooning is a means by which spiders can move through the air by releasing one or more threads to catch the wind and sail away like a boss. We’ve all seen Charlotte’s Web, right? Anyway, by these means they are wafted aloft and are at the mercy of the air currents. This procedure is mostly used by spiderlings to disperse, but adult spiders have been observed using it too. The spider climbs to a high point, stands on its toes and points its abdomen to the sky, releasing fine silk threads until lift-off occurs. Journeys achieved vary from a few yards to hundreds of miles. Even ships in mid-ocean have reported spider landings. That’s cool, man. Spiderling Paratroopers. True story: Once when I was teaching PE I had a group of 2nd Graders out on our softball field. Suddenly a kid pointed to the sky and yelled, “Flying spiders! FLYING SPIDERS!!!” And damned if he wasn’t right. Hundreds if not thousands of ballooning spiders were seemingly attacking us from the heavens, landing in hair, on clothes, everywhere. It was scary as hell for me the kids.  Anywho, Ballooning Spiders.

PS- If you don’t think I’m going to use the term “spiderling” in the future you’re out of your gourd.

Just when I’d lost all hope, when hatred and heartlessness seemed to rule, a hero has emerged from the darkness. A hero that believes, like Hippocrates and myself, that “the soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.” Seriously, dude ran into a raging wildfire to save a bunny. That’s cool.

Eerie.

Holy Jesus that Rainbow Wrasse is a purty fish. The Rainbow Wrasse is a colorful fish that can be found in the Mediterranean Sea and in the northeast Atlantic Ocean from Sweden to Senegal. It is widely thought to be ah what the hell who cares? It’s a gorgeous fish. Anywho, Rainbow Wrasse.

I recently read an article in Nat Geo entitled Inside the Hidden World of Jaguars that was absolutely fascinating. I highly recommend it. Anyway, here are some of the facts contained within. Good stuff.

  • The Jaguar is the largest cat in the Americas, and the 3rd largest in the world behind lions and tigers.
  • The name jaguar comes from the Native American word yaguar, which means “he who kills with one leap.” Awesome.
  • Jaguars can live to be 12 to 15 years old in the wild.
  • Jaguars can grow to nearly 8-feet in length.
  • Jaguars are at home in rivers, on jungle ground, and in trees. They love to swim.
  • Jaguars eyes have night-vision retinas. That’s badass.
  • Jaguars have the most powerful bite, relative to their size, among the big cats.
  • Uniquely among the big cats, Jaguars bite the skulls rather than the throats of their prey, piercing the brain and causing instant death. Also badass.
  • The Jaguar population is declining rapidly.
  • Bi-national conservation efforts have been successful at protecting a small population of 80 to 120 Jaguars in the remote mountains of Sonora, Mexico bordering Arizona. This population is the largest of three known to remain in Sonora, and is the last hope for recovery in the United States.
  • The Jaguar once roamed from Argentina in South America all the way up to Arizona’s Grand Canyon. There have actually been sporadic sightings in Arizona in recent years.
  • Jaguars have one of the loudest roars in nature.
  • Jaguars are solitary animals. Males defend a range of up to 60-miles and only come together with females to mate.
  • The Jaguar has one predator – humans.

For your perusal, here’s a gallery of the awesome Jaguar. Enjoy.

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Nice save, Impalas.

Finally, something to take down that damn flying wolf-dog I showed you the other day. Ladies and gentlemen, the Harpy Eagle is one badass giant flyin’ death machine. It is the largest and most powerful raptor found in the freakin’ rainforest. These bad boys have been known to grow to nearly 30-pounds, man! Their wingspan can reach 6-feet and they can be 3-feet tall. Yikes. Fun Fact: Adult Harpy Eagles give a penetrating, melancholy scream, with the males’ call described as “a whispy screaming or wailing“. That’s cool. Anywho, Harpy Eagle.