Such a beautiful girl. I’m guessing these photos were taken shorty after she molted, as with most arthropods, their color doesn’t fully come in until after their new exoskeleton has been given some time to dry and harden after shedding the old one, and as a result they often appear extremely faded at first. I know the color can take over 24 hours at times to completely come in, or at least that was the case with a set of Idolomantis photos I found a couple years back documenting the color changing process.

I feel this particular lady is more deserving of one of the lesser-used common names of this species, which is the Indian Rose Mantis.


Pachyloidellus goliath

…a species of tropical harvestman that is native to Argentina in South America.  P.goliath is mainly active at night and is a generalist predator and has been observed feeding mostly on earthworms and a variety small insects. Like other harvestmen species when threatened P.goliath can secrete a defensive secretion which produces a strong odor in attempt to deter potential predators.



Images: Glauco Machado and Jovengandalf

It’s not all pie and pork and pedaling. Last night in Mason City we visited the historic Park Inn Hotel downtown. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s stunning — as you can see by this wall sized stained glass in the ballroom. (Alas, we slept in our tents, not Mr. Wright’s hotel)

Discus rotundatus

Sometimes known as the “Rotund Disc” D. rotundatus is a species of disk snail (Discidae) that lives in Western and Central Europe, occurring in the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia, and Great Britain, Ireland, France, Italy and various other countries as well. It has been introduced to Canada and the US as well. Like other terrestrial gastropods D. rotundatus typically inhabits forests usually in dead wood, logs, and leaf/soil litter. Sometimes D. rotundatus will associate and form small colonies as well. 


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Image: Francisco Welter Schultes