Animagical

Animals make the world go round and round and round Grace,humor, beauty and intelligence, they never cease to astound.      

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Face your fears: extreme creepy-crawly close-ups – in pictures

Wildlife photographer Yudy Sauw has captured close-ups of insects revealing their colourful and alien-like faces. In these images the insects have bulging eyes and sharp pincers and appear more grotesque than usual. Yudy photographed the bugs at his home studio in Banten, Indonesia, from 2-10cm away. This article was first published by The Guardian.

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Dragonfly, a formidable predator

I suggest here a more detailed follow up to this article, about odonate predation. A dragonfly feeds exclusively on live preys, whether it is still at the stage of larva or of a winged imago: it consumes a wide variety of insects daily from flies (Diptera), to bees (Hymenoptera), to some beetles, to butterflies (Lepidoptera), […]

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Banded Darter

Sympetrum pedemontanum – A rare and very localized dragonfly in France but abundant where it breeds. Interesting to note that young male individuals have the pterostigmae white like the females whereas mature males have them red. J’avais déjà présenté les femelles récemment, mais vous en verrez d’autres plus tard avec une surprise pour clore sur […]

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Black Darter VS Selysiothemis nigra

Here are the two smallest black anisopterae that can be found in Europe. Selysiothemis nigra is totally absent on French territory contrary to the Black darter. Voici lesdeux petits anisoptères noirs que nous pouvons trouver en Europe. La Selysiothemis noir est totalement absente de France contrairement au Sympêtre noir. The Black Darter – Sympetrum danae […]

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Common Hawker or Sedge Darner emergences

Emergences d’Aeschnes des joncs – Aeshna junceaOdonata – Aeshnidae – Il n’y a rien de plus beau qu’une libellule qui émerge de son exuvie mais rien n’est jamais gagné à aucun stade de la vie de ces insectes extraordinaires.J’ai trouvé cette larve mourante sur la mousse de la tourbière que je scrutais pour trouver des […]

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Blue Dasher Dragonfly

Male and female blue dashers are about an inch and a half long. Both have wavy yellow and brown stripes on the thorax, the middle body section where wings and legs are attached. The blue dasher is one of the most common and abundant dragonflies in the United States. They can be found near still […]

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In the Pyrenees mountains, the Yellow-winged darter

In Spain, a gentle climb from a beautiful lake at 1500m high, leads to 2 peat bogs in the becoming. There, Sedge Darners, Four-spotted Chasers and Yellow-winged darters are the main Anisopterae flying around; the latter are emerging by the hundreds, probably more. Sympetrum flaveolum The highest peat bog is on my left here, but […]

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