Tuesday, February 26, 2019

HOUR GLASS SPIDER FOUND IN CHINA BY FARMER



"This spider is one of the earliest spiders documented in China. It was rediscovered in 2000 in the country’s Sichuan Province. It has only been seen six other times since 2000. Li said that the spider is highly valued for scientific research and is an extremely rare species in Sichuan. Li himself has spent a lot of time trying to find a specimen but has never found one."
http://www.heroviral.com/chinese-hourglass-spider/2/
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IMPORTANT PAPER PUT OUT BY UN ENVIRONMENT

Abstract

Insects make up about half of all known living organisms. They play key roles in, pollination, nutrient cycling, food chains of birds and other insectivores, and are one of the pillars of our ecosystems. However, the wide use of insecticides, fragmentation of habitats and climate change are placing multiple threats on them and their populations are under sharp decline. This Foresight Brief explores insect services, threats and solutions to sustain insect populations.

Monday, February 18, 2019

THE BRAHMIN MOTH FROM CATERPLLER TO MOTH


"Imagine a scenario where a scary Tim Burton movie came true. Suddenly, the things in your scariest dreams are spontaneously generating on Earth. There are beasts running about, and skeleton-white creatures singing in the rain, and look, now it is raining hair–It seems like the brahmin caterpillar was born from such a scenario.
Although they are not harmful to you in any way, they look like terrors that were sent to plague the rest of the animal kingdom. Just have look at this thing! From the wackadoo head headgear to the black and pointed tail, it seems that they were geared for destruction. In reality, they are just kindly caterpillars; they do little more than eat and metamorphose into beautiful looking moths.
From the family of insects called Brahmaidae, it’s hard to imagine why such a bizarre looking thing exists, or what possible reason it has to look like this in its caterpillar stage. Some believe that the spindles on their heads help them blend in with the twigs and small branches found of foliage.  Certainly, when they are moths, they are perfectly camouflaged for trees. Also, once they turn into moths, they have a wingspan that can reach up to 20cm (just over 7 inches)."
https://futurism.com/3-of-the-most-nightmarish-caterpillars-youll-ever-encounter