3 species from the mysterious, single-genus family Cooloolidae, exclusive to Australia:
Cooloola pearsoni (Pearson’s Monster)
Cooloola ziljan (Sugarcane Monster)
Cooloola propator (Cooloola Monster), the type species discovered in 1980
No pics of C. dingo, it seems
AMAZING ALIEN INSECTS UP CLOSE
Showcasing cool pictures of very alien close ups of insects by photographer Igor Siwanowicz. Igor is an expert in macro photograph and talented nature photographer based in Munich, Germany. He call this “glamour macro”. He believes that through his work, people could appreciate the animals and may start to think differently of Earth and the incredible variety of life there.
via > collthings.co.uk
Scorpionfly (Panorpa communis)
Panorpa communis, the common scorpionfly, is a species of scorpionfly native to Western Europe.
The common scorpionfly has a black and yellow body, with a reddish head and tail. The male has a pair of claspers at the end of its tail (for holding the female during mating), giving it a scorpion-like appearance, although it is not a stinger.
Although fully winged, the adults rarely fly very far and spend much of their time crawling on vegetation in damp, shaded places near water and along hedgerows.
Look at this ridiculous creature
Deep sea explorers just found this group of organisms, together called a siphonophore.
Millipede Monday: No one wants to wake up early on a Monday, not after a nice, lazy weekend. Pythagoras empathizes with all of you “nine-to-five” working folk.
Illustrations I made for the payment tiers over on my cat patreon!
This also doubles as an example of how the $60+ patrons might expect to see as each of their specially designed mantis nymph molt/’evolves’ each month!
One of the funnest, most rewarding things about raising a mantis is watching them grow to take on unexpected shapes and colors!
And so, I really look forward to designing some special nymphs for this month’s $60 patrons come the first week of october!
Cryptozoology: Paintings by Gurt Swanenberg
Paintings using recognizable global brands to create animal and insect forms.Cryptozoology means literally “study of hidden animals,” it refers to the search for animals whose existence has not been proven. This includes looking for living examples of animals that are considered extinct, or animals whose existence lacks physical support but which appear in myths and legends. The specimens shown here are examples of a surreal view on the influence of our global branding and mass consumerism. A disturbing example of industrial evolution.
Chinese Bush Cricket (Gampsocleis gratiosa, Tettigoniidae)
A common Beijing practice, especially amongst the older set, is to keep crickets for their song. The Chinese Bush Cricket is a large vocal species which are kept in small cages and even carried around in pockets. I have kept a couple for several months during which time they provided superb picture opportunities. They do well on a diet of carrots and the occasional mealworm. Inevitably, it is easier to find these in a pet shop than in the wild.
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
See more Chinese grasshoppers and crickets on my Flickr site HERE…..
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