How one man repopulated a rare butterfly species in his backyard
We can all contribute to conservation efforts — sometimes even from our own backyards.
By Zachary Crockett

via http://www.vox.com/2016/7/6/12098122/california-pipevine-swallowtail-butterfly-population 

Tim Wong (Instagram: timtasti1c) <– go follow him, he has lots of beautiful photos including butterfly photos~!


Today the Department of Awesome Camouflage is wondering if there’s any creature more impressive than the Lichen Katydid (Markia hystrix), an insect that looks like it’s actually made out of delicate lichen. It looks more like something out of a fairytale than a real-life insect, but that’s simply because the natural world is so freaking awesome!

Lichen Katydids are native to Central and South America. Wildlife photographer David Weller captured this mesmerizing footage of a Lichen Katydid somewhere in the Cartago Province of Costa Rica carefully making its way across some vegetation that looks like it might’ve grown from its own body :

Photos by David Weiller, RachelleSmith, Holguer Lopez, and Robert Oelman respectively.

[via Sploid]


The Stalk-Eyed Fly

This has to be one of the strangest creatures I’ve ever seen. Male Stalk-Eyed Flies gulp air bubbles up into their heads, then pump those air bubbles into the stalks that support their eyes. The eye-stalks are then inflated to terrifying proportions, acting as nature’s creepiest balloon animals. Lastly, they straighten out any kinks that they may find (because as we all know there’s nothing more embarrassing than a wrinkly eye-stalk). Apparently, this is a sexual adaptation, as the males with the longest eye stems get all the ladies. 

Thank you, evolution, for being more creative than any science fiction writer and for providing me with endless wonderment and nightmares. 

via: Life

So the creators of “Ant-Man” – the new superhero movie from Marvel – did a bunch of research so they could accurately portray the appearance and behavior of ants. Kudos

But then they made the main character ant male?! Most ants we see are sterile females. Male ants usually aren’t good for much besides mating with the queen and then dying. And yet Ant-Man’s steed (seen here) is named “Antony.”

“So it should have been Antoinette really, then,” [Jake] Morrison [ the movie’s visual effects supervisor] says, sounding slightly abashed when told about the scientists’ reaction to the movie. “It’s certainly not a deliberate bit of ant sexism. Absolutely not. It was not planned that way at all. Duly noted.”

It seems Marvel’s dearth of female superheroes extends to the insect world.

More about the good and bad entomology in Ant-Man here.

Image credit: Marvel