Chalcopyrite and Dolomite - Sweetwater Mine, Reynolds County, Missouri
Fu Manchu Lionfish | Dendrochirus biocellatus
“The Fu Manchu Lionfish is found in the Indo-Pacific. Its geographical range stretches from Mauritius, Reunion, The Maldives and Sri Lanka to the Society Islands in French Polynesia. Northwards, these fishes can be found up to the southern parts of Japan, and southwards their range proceeds to Scott Reef northwest of Australia.
The Fu Manchu Lionfish habitats are clear tropical waters with prolific coral growth. The depths range for this species is 1-40 meters / 33-131 feet. During the day, the Fu Manchu Lionfish will typically stay hidden in caves or among sponges on the reef.” -
Bornean Keeled Green Pit Viper
Extreme close up of a Bornean Keeled Green Pit Viper, Tropidolaemus subannulatus (Viperidae), showing its heat-sensing pits (the two whitish pits aside each eye).
These heat-sensing pits are a infrared-detecting system that allows vipers to detect prey in total darkness without reliance on sight, olfaction or hearing, but perceiving infrared radiation.
In humans bites by these snakes are often minor, but may cause moderate to severe local effects, with shock, but generally not necrosis or coagulopathy (clotting problems).
Antivenom is the key treatment for the envenoming, and multiple doses may be required. However, in the absence of specific antivenom, treatment is generally supportive and symptomatic.
Photo credit: ©kkchome | Locality: Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
The Man-faced Stink Bug (Catacanthus incarnatus)
by Bec Crew
This is C. incarnatus, otherwise known as the Man-Faced Stink Bug. Discovered in 1778 by British entomologist, Dru Drury, the species hails from Southeast Asia and India, where it congregates in dense groups of several hundred on fruit trees and flowering flame trees.
Man-Faced Stink Bugs can come in several colours, such as red, yellow, orange and cream, and it’s thought that these mostly bold colours exist to warn predators that the bug is either poisonous or at least tastes horrible. The bizarre face pattern could also function as a defence mechanism, with the pseudo-eyespots drawing attention away from the vulnerable head area…
(read more: Scientific American)
photos: Shutterstock; P. S. Bhat and Srikumar. K. K
So mostly I seen this form only in books …. Argynnis paphia f.valesina … only females have that colour … 22.07.2014 I get one in sunny path in shady forest flying around wild raspberries meadow. I was so euphoric but inside I fight the battle … to take a life from it … I never take it calm, even with common insects ( have problem to kill a mosquito )
The Perigee is the point in the moon’s orbit at which it’s closest to Earth
Photographed at midnight in Tuktoyaktuk, Canada by Francis Anderson (May 5th, 2012)