ITT: Post anything you personally find fascinating occurring in nature.
Accompany your image with a little factoid or why you find it interesting. It can be as unassuming as a cat or dog but try to post information that isn't widely known about your subject.
These little structures were found in South East Peru, no one knows what makes these cute little structures but scientists guess it might be some kind of lacewing.
Original article is here.
Brazilian tree hopper, no one really knows why they have these strange horns but it might be a visual deterrence for predators.
Crab orb-weaving spider.
I am starting to think that spiders are like the tropical birds of the arthropod kingdom.
The assassin beetle carries the corpses of its previous meals around with it so it can infiltrate the nests and burrows of it's prey. It smells like a friend.
I don't have words for this one. I am not sure how this thing even evolved...
Venus flytraps, they have evolved a functional mouth/stomach and they are fucking plants.
Thats okay friend, I am pretty obsessed with strange insects/biology at the moment so I wanted to start a thread to share what I love and hope someone can show me new things too.
Giant New Zealand Weta
This is Misumena vatia and it can change it's colour to the one of the flower it is on. It feeds on insects that visit the flower.
I've always found Glass Sponges batshit weird. Their structure is composed entirely of silica, and have broken down their cell walls to have sort of continuous cells. They form cold water reefs, can live for 10s of 1000s of years, are unable to move or contract and are sometimes lightly bioluminescent. One species even has a symbiotic relationship with shrimp, in which a pair live out their entire lives inside the tiny cage of the sponge. Very beautiful but creepy little fuckers.
velvet worms freak me out. they look like centipedes without an exoskeleton and spitting glue to pin down prey is horrifying as well
I have seen those weird spider webs on Chile, (the pictures are from a small island in Peru), specifically in the in the V region in a town called Quillota, they're really tiny.
Also we still don't know why the spider does it.
Ascidia. These sponge things are chordates and related to us
Assassin spiders have long mandibles, forearms, and a neck-like carapace to attack their prey without fear of being bitten itself
It's a wingless fly. Louseflies look pretty weird too.
If I may digress slightly - a different area of strange nature that interests me (atmospheric phenomenon):
-- presumably electrical field fluctuations in the clouds which distort the synchronized orientation of floating ice crystals catching the sun's light, creating the illusion of rapidly shape-shifting "clouds"
this is one of peron's sea snakes. it has circular pupils, which look weird on a snake.
If anyone is interested I'll take a picture of a spider nest that took a ride down from NC. It took a ride down, started making a web in the house on the cuttings, and I had to move him. I put her outside (her because she was making a web with eggs already). She kept trying to protect the eggs I actually felt bad for the little spider. Anyways I picked her and the eggs up with toothpick and deposited them outside in a metal figurine. I left the toothpick there with the eggs and spider. When I came back tomorrow the spider had connected the toothpick to all sides of the figurine but in a way that had the toothpick perfectly vertical.The eggs were atop the toothpick and the toothpick layed ever so perfectly to touch just barely the bottom of the figurine. It was quite...awesome. The spider had died...so I felt kinda bad...clearly it was thriving in the house.
As adults they look like this