Newly discovered spider makes a decoy of itself to scare off predators:
The spiders arrange debris along specialized silk strands called stabilimenta in a symmetrical form that makes it look almost exactly like a larger spider hanging in the web. Studies have found that some Cyclosaspecies have a higher survival rate against potential predators like paper wasps because the wasps end up attacking the debris in the web rather than the spider itself. As seen here, Cyclosa can make debris look a bit like a spider, but not nearly as detailed as the spiders found at the Tambopata Research Center which have a complex form that actually looks like a bigger version of themselves, complete with legs and all.
Brian Nash Gill - Hemlock 82, 2008
The nature and trees around him have always been an creational source for him, not only are they beautiful from the outside at but also when you try to investigate a look inside. Gill found that things were more beautiful and complex inside than what was visible from the outside. Pattern, texture, color. ‘You’ll never know what you’re missing if you don’t find some way to get inside and look’ and that brought him closer to the gentle giants we live among. Gill used recycled lumber, covered it with ink and paper and pressed and scratched the wood pattern on the paper with his fingers. When Gill is working with wood, he is not fighting it but he is going with it. He is printing over a period of time and you can see and feel the slight changes in the texture or mushrooms growing on it. For him, his process is very organic and it just comes to him while working. Its engagement is to understand his place in this world in this time, which he has to participate as a record of his connection to it. In his prints you can see the natural beauty of the earth and its plants and creatures and the natural unique fingerprints and stories they tell in their texture, if you just listen carefully.
In Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park, butterflies sip a yellow-spotted river turtle’s tears. The mineral-rich liquid helps the insects reproduce. In exchange, the reptile gets a good eye-cleaning. | Photo by Pete Oxford/Minden Pictures
—Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
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Is the second largest species of beetle, with adults growing up to 6 inches long. This species can be found in the rain forests of South America. Not to much is known about this species as their larvae has never been found and adults only known to search for mates and don’t hunt for food. These beetles have short mandibles but they are very strong they can cut a pencil in half and cut into skin.
By Diana Scherer, inspired by seventeenth-century botanical encyclopaedias, where a plant is presented flowers, roots and all. A tender and gentle photographic project allowing each plant to grow of it’s own devices for 6 months, just confined within a vessel which it is then set free from to show incredible root structures.