232 posts tagged cute

9th December 2013
Perhaps the most precious of all the precious babies you’ll see on your dashboard today is the long-legged spider crab, Macropodia rostrata. They are also known as decorator crabs for their tendency to camouflage themselves with fragments of seaweed and sponges. They attach these bits to hook-shaped hairs that cover their bodies. Their method of swimming with their spindly legs is largely inefficient, but may help them move over more challenging substrate. They typically feed on small shellfish, algae, small worms, and detritus when other food is unattainable.
(Photo source(s)) Perhaps the most precious of all the precious babies you’ll see on your dashboard today is the long-legged spider crab, Macropodia rostrata. They are also known as decorator crabs for their tendency to camouflage themselves with fragments of seaweed and sponges. They attach these bits to hook-shaped hairs that cover their bodies. Their method of swimming with their spindly legs is largely inefficient, but may help them move over more challenging substrate. They typically feed on small shellfish, algae, small worms, and detritus when other food is unattainable.
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Perhaps the most precious of all the precious babies you’ll see on your dashboard today is the long-legged spider crab, Macropodia rostrata. They are also known as decorator crabs for their tendency to camouflage themselves with fragments of seaweed and sponges. They attach these bits to hook-shaped hairs that cover their bodies. Their method of swimming with their spindly legs is largely inefficient, but may help them move over more challenging substrate. They typically feed on small shellfish, algae, small worms, and detritus when other food is unattainable.

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4th November 2013
Cladocerans, also known as water fleas, are a subclass of zooplankton crustaceans. The most representative genus is Daphnia, of which D. longispina (shown above) is a member. Cladocerans typically swim through the water by means of thrusting their second antennae downwards, resulting in a slow, jerky pattern of movement. Most cladocerans are filter feeders and consume only other plankton or detritus; however, some cladocerans are predaceous and trap prey with their anterior appendages, which then move the prey to their mouths to be destroyed by their sharp mandibles.
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Cladocerans, also known as water fleas, are a subclass of zooplankton crustaceans. The most representative genus is Daphnia, of which D. longispina (shown above) is a member. Cladocerans typically swim through the water by means of thrusting their second antennae downwards, resulting in a slow, jerky pattern of movement. Most cladocerans are filter feeders and consume only other plankton or detritus; however, some cladocerans are predaceous and trap prey with their anterior appendages, which then move the prey to their mouths to be destroyed by their sharp mandibles.

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26th October 2013
The golden egg bug (Phyllomorpha laciniata) is a species of coreid bug, which are commonly referred to as squash bugs or leaf-footed bugs. These insects display one of the rarest types of parental care in the animal kingdom, in that the male of a mating pair is the primary care-giver. While eggs laid on males have a much higher survival rate, this behavior is much riskier for the fathers as the eggs are bright yellow and make them much more likely to be seen by a predator.
Photo(s) The golden egg bug (Phyllomorpha laciniata) is a species of coreid bug, which are commonly referred to as squash bugs or leaf-footed bugs. These insects display one of the rarest types of parental care in the animal kingdom, in that the male of a mating pair is the primary care-giver. While eggs laid on males have a much higher survival rate, this behavior is much riskier for the fathers as the eggs are bright yellow and make them much more likely to be seen by a predator.
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The golden egg bug (Phyllomorpha laciniata) is a species of coreid bug, which are commonly referred to as squash bugs or leaf-footed bugs. These insects display one of the rarest types of parental care in the animal kingdom, in that the male of a mating pair is the primary care-giver. While eggs laid on males have a much higher survival rate, this behavior is much riskier for the fathers as the eggs are bright yellow and make them much more likely to be seen by a predator.

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I am Ashley, an incredibly introverted 21-year-old environmental enthusiast.
I'm studying to be a marine biologist, but I live near the Great Lakes rather than the ocean.
I have a fierce love for all living things, a very broad sense of humor, and I'm probably too passionate for my own good.
Herein you'll find animals (especially creepy-crawlies), nature, science, art, some of my own photography, and probably more things about my personal life than you would care to know.
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