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Mertensia ovum

Commonly known as the “Arctic Comb Jelly” or “Sea Nut” Mertensia ovum is a species of cydippid ctenophore that occurs in Arctic and polar seas. Like many other ctenophores M. ovum is weakly bioluminescent and can produce a striking rainbow effect by beating their eight rows of cilia. Mertensia ovum is a carnivore and will feed on copepods and other small crustaceans that are snagged by its two sticky tentacles. 

Classification

Animalia-Ctenophora-Tentaculata-Cydippida-Merensiidae-Mertensia-M. ovum

Images: NOAA and Giro720

libutron:

A striking Neon cuckoo bee, Thyreus nitidulus (Hymenoptera - Apidae) photographed in Chiangmai, Thailand.
These beauties with glittering metallic blue and black bands are cleptoparasitic in the nest of the Blue-banded bee Amegilla sp. 
Neon Cuckoo Bee female does not make its own nest. It lays egg in the nest of Blue-banded bee. Female places an egg in a partially completed brood cell. After the Blue-banded bee finishes provision and seals the brood cell, the cuckoo bee egg hatches into larvae and feeds on the provisions stored by Blue-banded bee [1].
Photo credit: ©bug eye

libutron:

A striking Neon cuckoo bee, Thyreus nitidulus (Hymenoptera - Apidae) photographed in Chiangmai, Thailand.

These beauties with glittering metallic blue and black bands are cleptoparasitic in the nest of the Blue-banded bee Amegilla sp. 

Neon Cuckoo Bee female does not make its own nest. It lays egg in the nest of Blue-banded bee. Female places an egg in a partially completed brood cell. After the Blue-banded bee finishes provision and seals the brood cell, the cuckoo bee egg hatches into larvae and feeds on the provisions stored by Blue-banded bee [1].

Photo credit: ©bug eye

libutron:

Aplustrum amplustre | ©Kévin Bourdon   (Ile de la Reunion)
The commonly known as Pink Bubble, Swollen Bubble, Royal paper bubble, Ship’s flag shell or Swollen bubble, is a marine snail of the species Hydatina amplustre, Syn. Aplustrum amplustre (Gastropoda - Aplustridae), widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.
This species is easily recognized by its thin, strongly inflated shell marked with broad flesh-colored bands outlined in black. The animal is translucent cream and too large to fit in the shell [source].
Hydatina amplustre is a nocturnal species and vision is not the most important sense, so the two black spots you see in the photo are the ocelli, the visual organs that only distinguish light and dark.

libutron:

Aplustrum amplustre | ©Kévin Bourdon   (Ile de la Reunion)

The commonly known as Pink Bubble, Swollen Bubble, Royal paper bubble, Ship’s flag shell or Swollen bubble, is a marine snail of the species Hydatina amplustre, Syn. Aplustrum amplustre (Gastropoda - Aplustridae), widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific.

This species is easily recognized by its thin, strongly inflated shell marked with broad flesh-colored bands outlined in black. The animal is translucent cream and too large to fit in the shell [source].

Hydatina amplustre is a nocturnal species and vision is not the most important sense, so the two black spots you see in the photo are the ocelli, the visual organs that only distinguish light and dark.

emuwren:

The Common Kingfisher - Alcedo atthis, is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within it wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa.
Photo by Max Drescher.

emuwren:

The Common Kingfisher - Alcedo atthis, is a small kingfisher with seven subspecies recognized within it wide distribution across Eurasia and North Africa.

Photo by Max Drescher.

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reapergrellsutcliff:

Fashions of the Future as Imagined in 1893

Illustrations from “Future Dictates of Fashion” by W. Cade Gall that was published in the January 1893 issue of The Strand magazine.

At first I thought this was some “fashion of witches and wizards through the ages” type thing but nah everyone is supposed to dress like this. I wish everyone dressed like this. 

nailed it

libutron:

Waterfall Blues | ©Mike Berenson  (Brúarfoss, Iceland)

libutron:

Waterfall Blues | ©Mike Berenson  (Brúarfoss, Iceland)

shakypigment:

Laboratório de Alquimia — at Quinta da Regaleira.Sintra, Portugal

shakypigment:

Laboratório de Alquimia — at Quinta da Regaleira.Sintra, Portugal

shoomlah:

Oh, Elsa.  What are we going to do with you.

Frozen is purportedly set in the 1830’s-40’s, but I’ve been obsessed with finding a style that could marry her coronation gown with her ice gown more seamlessly; the open robes you see during the Regency era, including those being worn by Scandinavian royalty at the time, seemed a particularly apt analog for her… weird underarm-cape.  Thing.  You also see her mom wearing something very similar for something like ten years, so it’s not a huge stretch to think it could be a popular look in Arendelle.  THAT’S MY EXCUSE.

I initially designed this for her coronation, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to explore how that same silhouette might work with her ice gown as well.  Someday, theoretically, I would love to do a more literally iced-up version of her gown, but I figured the alternate colour way would be a nice middle ground to strike.

-C

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lackadaisycats:

Full image here.

Response to a reader’s question I drew during downtime on my business trip…when I should have been sleeping. I ought to have left cactus friend at home.