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More dogs with their babies.

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Heidi the rabbit!

Heidi has arthritis in her knees and hips so to help with the pain, she swims a few times a week!

Sometimes she wears a scrunchie on her ears so that they don’t get wet!

“sometimes she wears a scrunchie on her ears so that they don’t get wet”

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Get to know insects!


Today we join the Department of Teeny-weeny Wonders in astonishment at the golden mesh marvel that is the cocoon of the Urodidae moth. Also known as “false burnet moths,” these small to medium sized moths spend their pupal stage in unusual and incredibly beautiful open-mesh cocoons, which are sometimes suspended on a very long thread below a leaf.

"This type of cocoon is known as a "open-network cocoon" and is unlike other cocoons in that it doesn’t completely enclose the pupa in silk. Instead, it only partially surrounds it, likely enabling better airflow to control for humidity and may help prevent fungi from growing on, and eventually killing, the pupa. This cocoon very likely belongs to a moth in the family Urodidae, which is known for making this type of lattice-structured cocoon surrounding its pupa."

Click here to watch a video about these amazing structures.

Photos by Jeff Cremer, click here to view more.

[via Reddit, formakers and Smarter Every Day]


The Rosy Maple Moth is the prettiest moth ever.

(I do not own the rights to these photos, I just wanted to share this beautiful moth with tumblr.)


Insect eggs: Blue Morpho Butterfly egg

The Blue Morpho Butterfly, Morpho peleides (Nymphalidae), is among the largest butterflies in the world, with wings spanning up to 20 cm. This species occurs in the tropical forests of Latin America from Mexico to Colombia and Venezuela.

As its common name implies, the blue morpho butterfly’s wings are bright blue, edged with black. However, the eggs of this butterfly are bright green, dome shaped, and are laid singly on the underside of leaves of host plants. Development time from egg to adult is about 115 days. The red band on its eggs signals a chemical reaction that follows fertilization. 

Technique (egg): Colored Scanning Electron Microscope image. 

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: [Top: ©Martin Oeggerli] - [Bottom: ©Eduardo Mena | Locality: Costa Rica, 2013]

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