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Colorful Autumn - Photo by Liyen 

Colorful Autumn - Photo by Liyen 

The snake caterpillar uses a clever disguise to ward off predators.

Photo by Daniel Janzen/Janzen.UPenn.edu/Caters News 

A caterpillar in Costa Rica uses a unique disguise to ward off predators and the costume is quite striking, as is its response should it be approached.

The caterpillar cleverly camouflages itself as a slithering snake and comes with a head that looks like a snake. The snake caterpillar, in its larval state before becoming a moth, will also strike harmlessly if approached, just as a snake would, with the exception of a potential bite.

The bug creates the illusion of looking like a dangerous reptile by expanding parts at the end of its body.

Daniel Janzen, a professor of biology at the University of Pennsylvania, took the photos you see here while cataloguing caterpillars in the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica. 

http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/caterpillar-appears-snake-camouflage/

"I am the swift uplifting rush… Of quiet birds in circled flight."

"I am the swift uplifting rush… Of quiet birds in circled flight."

Over the Kalahari Desert, Africa

Over the Kalahari Desert, Africa

Insect olympians: the breathtaking synchronised gymnastic display of caterpillars captured on camera by dailymail.co.uk

Insect olympians: the breathtaking synchronised gymnastic display of caterpillars captured on camera by dailymail.co.uk

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” CHARMED LIFE ” Ford Smith

ariesascending:

” CHARMED LIFE ” Ford Smith

It is the diversity of habitats found on the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge that sustains one of the highest diversity of wildlife and plant species within the lower Colorado River watershed. It has been recognized by the National Audubon Society and The American Bird Conservancy as a birding area of global importance.

Tucson Shovel Nose Snake - Photo by Erik Enderson 
Scientific Name: Chionactis occipitalis klauberi

Tucson Shovel Nose Snake - Photo by Erik Enderson 

Scientific Name: Chionactis occipitalis klauberi

Antelope Doe and Fawn - 

The Arizona Wildlife Fund is a voluntary program that allows Arizona taxpayers to help conserve the state’s wildlife simply by marking the “Arizona Wildlife” box on the annual state tax return.

Since Arizona started the program more than 25 years ago, contributions to the fund have aided the conservation and reintroduction of many species, including bald eagles, black-footed ferrets, California condors, Apache trout, Mexican wolves and several of the state’s most intriguing desert reptiles and amphibians.

Antelope Doe and Fawn - 

The Arizona Wildlife Fund is a voluntary program that allows Arizona taxpayers to help conserve the state’s wildlife simply by marking the “Arizona Wildlife” box on the annual state tax return.

makeamarklogoSince Arizona started the program more than 25 years ago, contributions to the fund have aided the conservation and reintroduction of many species, including bald eagles, black-footed ferrets, California condors, Apache trout, Mexican wolves and several of the state’s most intriguing desert reptiles and amphibians.

Art of Nature - Neelesh EK - the leaves of the trees forms an umbrella for the ground and in turn forming a beautiful form of art by nature itself - Cochin - Nikon D60

Art of Nature - Neelesh EK - the leaves of the trees forms an umbrella for the ground and in turn forming a beautiful form of art by nature itself - Cochin - Nikon D60

New York City-based visual artist Catherine Chalmers’ latest series ‘Food Chain’ is an unflinching look at the circle of life.

New York City-based visual artist Catherine Chalmers’ latest series ‘Food Chain’ is an unflinching look at the circle of life.

These spectacular photographs reveal the amazingly tiny details of the life of snails. Using a macro approach, Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko gets up close and personal to capture a variety of miniature landscapes as the little creatures go about their daily lives

Ice on Window by Evgeny Koshelev
(HH: As a small child, I remember thinking there is something quite magical about frost on windows.  I still think that.)

Ice on Window by Evgeny Koshelev

(HH: As a small child, I remember thinking there is something quite magical about frost on windows.  I still think that.)

Rehabilitated and Released -  eagle owls are released  after their recovery from injury in Cangzhou, Hebei province, China.
 About 36 of the injured rare birds were released. 
China Daily/Reuters

Rehabilitated and Released -  eagle owls are released  after their recovery from injury in Cangzhou, Hebei province, China.

About 36 of the injured rare birds were released.

China Daily/Reuters