Posts tagged "nature"

Polyeuctes Swallowtail: Animal Of The Week

Polyeuctes Swallowtail: Animal Of The Week
This week’s animal is a stunning butterfly that lives a world away from Chicago.  The Polyeuctes Swallowtail flits around in the forests of Nepal, Laos, and Vietnam and is not an extremely uncommon sight to see when strolling among the trees.  Equipped with a beautifully shaped and colored tail, this critter is one of the... Read more »

African Bee-Eater Birds Are Beautiful And Scientifically Marvelous

African Bee-Eater Birds Are Beautiful And Scientifically Marvelous
The African Bee-Eater bird is not actually one specific bird, but a collection of around 20 species.  They populate the entire continent, from southern tip to northern tip, and often fly in large groups.  Plus, as the name indicates, they actually do feed on bees!     In addition to looking marvelous, Bee-Eaters employ a... Read more »

Animal of The Week: Black and Red Broadbill

Animal of The Week: Black and Red Broadbill
A bird is a sharp turn from our usual lineup of weird animals that you would only see in science fiction, but the Black and Red Broadbill is extraordinary despite being a member of the bird family. Its bill is exceptionally large for its size and is a characteristic turquoise on top and pale yellow... Read more »
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Animal of The Week: Insulamon Palawanense Purple Crab

Animal of The Week: Insulamon Palawanense Purple Crab
We have another animal of the week for you folks, and this one’s a killer.  No, it’s not dangerous, but it is a purple crab that looks like it smeared lipstick on its claws and wants to give you big kisses rip off your nose and run away like your mom used to do.  That... Read more »

Animal of The Week: Elysia Chlorotica Sea Slug

Animal of The Week: Elysia Chlorotica Sea Slug
The Elysia Chlorotica sea slug is not like most sea slugs.  Scientists refer to this animal as being “solar-powered,” since it undergoes many plant-like processes and resembles a leaf!  This creature has chloroplasts that allow it to convert sunlight into energy, so yes, it undergoes photosynthesis. The Elysia Chlorotica sea slug, unlike some of the... Read more »

Animal of The Week: Painted Frogfish

Animal of The Week: Painted Frogfish
The Painted Frogfish is a very unique type of fish indeed.  A subspecies of the Frogfish, it is classified as a specific type of anglerfish and can be found in most tropical oceans.  (Although it does not reside in the Mediterranean Sea, it can be found off the coasts of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and... Read more »
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Animal Of The Week: Chromodoris Willani Sea Slug

Animal Of The Week: Chromodoris Willani Sea Slug
The chromodoris willani is a sea slug that, much like that Glaucus Atlanticus we saw a while back, looks like a creature from the world of Pokemon.  In fact, it looks kind of like Lapras to me – perhaps the creators of Pokemon aren’t as creative as we give them credit for? This sea slug... Read more »

Animal of The Week: European Starling

Animal of The Week: European Starling
The European Starling is a beautiful, though relatively common, bird that lives in Europe and western Asia.  It is called “Spreeuw” in Dutch, and has a relatively small wingspan: 31-44 cm.  It generally travels in large flocks and feeds on insects as well as seeds and whatever else it can find.  The European Starling’s scientific... Read more »

Animal Of The Week: The Langur Monkey

Animal Of The Week: The Langur Monkey
The Langur Monkey is actually a relatively broad term, but it was difficult for me to find exactly which specific type of Langur Monkey was shown in the picture. These monkeys live primarily in Southern Asia and are considered to be Old World Monkeys.  (They’ve been here for a long… long… time.)  They are very... Read more »
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Nature Pictures Of The Week: Turquoise Cicada and Pink Anemone

Nature Pictures Of The Week: Turquoise Cicada and Pink Anemone
These two pictures are my favorite nature images of the week: one features a turquoise cicada and the other a pink anemone.  The first one is actually called the Turquoise Cicada, I have no idea what the second one is called, but I know that it is an anemone, and that it is pink.  If... Read more »