Amber Inclusions by Anders Damgaard
With all this discussion recently surrounding the ethics of manipulating DNA in an effort to resurrect lost species, it seems appropriate that we take a look back in time at the vessels for our future T-Rexes and (fingers crossed~!) Giant Ground Sloths. Until that glorious day when we will ride atop the backs of huge beavers (it was a thing! Science up), admire the beauty of these amber-encased insects, forever looking out at us through a layer of several million years.
ARThropods by Emilio Garcia
Part of the Tokyoplastic x Emilio Garcia exhibit at Toy Art Gallery, LA. March 2013, bringing Emilio’s freakishly big-brained insectoids to metallic life.
A Trilobite Beetle (Duliticola hoiseni) making its way downtown.
Nature never fails to amaze me. A stick insect, known as the Mossy Walking-stick (Trychopeplus laciniatus).
MITCHELL’s DIURNAL or PAINTED TRILOBITE COCKROACH
This is an especially nice shot by Tumblr’s own clusterpod, a wonderful Australian photographer.
Polyzosteria mitchelli belongs to the Blattidae family (one of four cockroach families) along with 218 species in 20 genera (Australian Faunal Directory). The genus Polyzosteria from the same source has 15 species with many also very colourful. However Polyzosteria mitchelli would have to be one of the most striking with its brilliant color combination. It is mainly recorded from the semi-arid areas of WA, SA and NSW, where always a delight to encounter.
I have found it (usually on shrubby vegetation) from coastal heath to inland mallee flora, including saltlakes and granite outcrops, so although not common, it is very widespread. Growing to 5 cm (2”) in length, it is quite stout and not very fast when compared to the troublesome introduced species that commonly invade houses. The local forms have a bronze background colouration, but apparently metallic green shades have been found in SA. Source
Other photos you may enjoy:
clusterpod: Unidentified Blattid cockroach. Hospital Rocks, Western Australia.
A pink Katydid. Usually grey, this is a 1 in 500 mutation. National Preserve, Beverley Shores, Indiana.
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I can hear the frogs calling to each other down in the creek outside. It seems a little too early in the year for them to be out. I hope there isn’t a sudden cold snap. We’ll need frogs around to deal with all the extra bugs we’re gonna have this spring and summer, since more of them (and/or their eggs) probably survived the mild winter.