Palmar Tree Frog - Hypsiboas pellucens
Due to its morphological variation and wide distribution in the Pacific lowlands of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, it is suspected that Hypsiboas pellucens (Hylidae) is a species complex.
Recent genetic evidence and ecological differences suggest that H. pellucens could be a complex of two species, that consist of Hypsiboas pellucens sensu stricto and one confirmed and one unconfirmed candidate species.
Photo credit: ©Lucas M. Bustamante | Locality: Bilsa, Esmeraldas, Ecuador (2012)
Western Painted Suillus - Suillus lakei
Also referred to as the Matte Jack, and Lake’s Bolete, Suillus lakei (Boletales - Suillaceae) is recognized by its dull brick red colors, its scruffy cap, the partial veil which is whitish to reddish and leaves a ring on the stem, and the fact that the flesh in the stem base turns deep green when sliced open.
Suillus lakei grows only under Douglas-fir, with which tree the fungus is strictly mycorrhizal. It is a North American fungus, but can also be found in Europe introduced through its mycorrhizal host, and is currently known in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy (incl. Sicily), Slovakia, and the UK.
Photo credit: ©Katja Schulz | Locality: Mt. Bigelow, near Tucson, Arizona, US (2006)
Yellow stagshorn / Kleverig koraalzwammetje / Calocera viscosa
info: Calocera viscosa
Xylaria hypoxylon has two commonly used common names. They are called candlesnuff fungus, potentially due to their white conidia and black spike based resembling a burnt out candle. Their other common name is carbon antler. As this fungus grows, the white tips split and branch, changing to resemble deer antlers.
She thought the mealworms were great… and that the camera looked pretty tasty too. (Chiquita, my female Rainwater Patternless Leopard Gecko)
"Right now, in almost every river in the world, some 12,000 different species of caddisfly larvae wriggle and crawl through sediment, twigs, and rocks in an attempt to build temporary aquatic cocoons. To do this, the small, slow-moving creatures excrete silk from salivary glands near their mouths which they use like mortar to stick together almost every available material into a cozy tube. A few weeks later a fully developed caddisfly emerges and almost immediately flies away."
Since the 1980s Duprat has been collecting caddisfly larvae from their normal environments and transporting them to aquariums in his studio. There he gently removes their own natural cocoons and puts the larvae in tanks filled with materials such as pearls, beads, opals, turquoise and pieces of 18-karat gold. The insects still do exactly what comes naturally to them, but in doing so they create exquisite gilded sculptures that they temporarily call home. If you saw them out of context, you’d never guess they’d been created insects.
I would love some of these. Not even crazy ones depicted above, I would take a normal one…..guess I’ll have to get my feet wet!