If you’re into fried ants, Colombia is right for you! The ants being eaten there are rather big and are called Hormigas Culonas (~big ass ants). They are also available in lemon or barbecue flavour!
We had these ants for breakfast in San Gil, Santander in central Colombia. How gorgeous they taste!
Spider, spider dreaming night
In the webbing of delight
Dangling from a feather waiting strike,
Who would plan your putrid pike?
I’m a fly buzzing, see,
Yet in your catcher of dreams I am free!
Here I am, drying, waiting
For you twist the sinews of my heart writhing.
Nature is cruel like the cosmos.
Decomposing, I’m the garden with a rose,
How malevolent is your temper?
As benevolent as my tongue you’ll devour later?
Spider, spider, dangling high
Round your token whose death is nigh,
Spinning for your master, Fuehrer of the Reich,
Who would dare to plan your horrid pike?
(I like spiders so stay tuned for more scary spider pictures. If anyone can tell me what what type of spider this is let me know)
A macro insect is always tricky – lots of camera shake going on. The size of the water drops give you the idea of how small the fly was.
This was taken in my back garden, unfortunately the season for macro photographing bugs is rather early (rarely to see and still quite small – looking for some plump spiders this summer)
You can put your mind at rest – this guy was only playing dead.
Taken at Wimbledon Common with one flash and some marco equipment.
Lots of people think there’s a pigeon problem. Getting rid of pigeons? That’s the way you do it.
Unfortunately the pigeons spear themselves while trying to land – resulting in lots of only one-legged crippled pigeons.
Not sure why the pigeons in london try to land on these friendly constructions? Can’t they spot the spikes?
Pigeons facts: Why do pigeons bob their heads?
The pigeon has side mounted eyes unlike humans and owls which have forward facing eyes. As a pigeons have monocular vision rather than binocular vision they bob their heads for depth of perception. The pigeon’s eyes work much better with stationary images and therefore, as the pigeon takes a step forward the head is temporarily left behind. The next step jerks the head forward again and so on. This allows the bird to correctly orient itself.
This would be the terrestrial megadrile earthworm which are hermaphrodites, which means that each animal has both male and female reproductive organs. When two earthworms mate, both worms typically fertilize each other (no trouble in reproduction)
There are approximately 2,700 different kinds of earthworms. Even though worms don’t have eyes, they can sense light, especially at their anterior (front end). They move away from light and will become paralyzed if exposed to light for too long (approximately one hour). They even survive being frozen if the freeze is not too rapid.
Earthworms do not have hearts but have an organ that carries out the functions of the heart and it is known as the ‘aortic arch‘. Some say they have five hearts.
The great naturalist Charles Darwin wrote this:
…it may be doubted if there are any other animals which have played such an important part in the history of the world as these lowly organized creatures.
This is a picture of a girl kissing a horse.
I like that the kiss is making the horse smile. Taken in Martin’s Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK.
There’s also this poem:
Kissing a Horse
Of the two spoiled, barn-sour geldings
we owned that year, it was Red—
skittish and prone to explode
even at fourteen years—who’d let me
hold to my face his own: the massive labyrinthine
caverns of the nostrils, the broad plain
up the head to the eyes. He’d let me stroke
his coarse chin whiskers and take
his soft meaty underlip
in my hands, press my man’s carnivorous
kiss to his grass-nipping upper half of one, just
so that I could smell
the long way his breath had come from the rain
and the sun, the lungs and the heart,
from a world that meant no harm.
by Robert Wrigley
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