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Numbat

The numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus), also known as the banded anteater, marsupial anteater, or walpurti, is a marsupial native to Western Australia and recently re-introduced to South Australia. Its diet consists almost exclusively of termites. It digs them up from loose earth with its front claws and captures them with its long, sticky tongue. An adult numbat requires up to 20,000 termites each day. Once widespread across southern Australia, its range is now restricted to several small colonies, and it is listed as an endangered species. 

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Like most armadillos, the giant armadillo feeds on insects, arachnids, and small invertebrates.  The vast majority of its diet, however, consists of termites.  The armadillo will use its powerful front claws to rip through the rock-hard walls of termite nests and feast on the inhabitants.  And the giant armadillo has a giant appetite to go with its size; a single animal can easily devour the entire population of a termite mound, which can consist of several thousand insects.  Some giant armadillos have even been seen eating small snakes and lizards.

August 25, 2017 - Peach-fronted Parakeet or Peach-fronted Conure (Eupsittula aurea)

Found in parts of eastern and central South America, these parrots look somewhat similar to Orange-fronted Parakeets. The two may form a superspecies, though their ranges do not overlap. They often forage on the ground for seeds, flowers, leaves, and insects, and sometimes raid soybean, rice, or corn fields. Spending much of their time in pairs during the breeding season, they dig their nest cavities into termite nests, where females lay clutches of between two and six eggs.

美人 // Oda Nobunaga [ 1 ]

Bijin, a beautiful person, commonly used to refer to women.



The sound of the horse’s hooves against the road was not much of a distraction from the distant cries of warriors and the clashing of blades across the battlefield. I could hear one distinct voice among all others, roaring the sound of my name, as if to plead me, and as I turned around - an honest mistake - to offer my affirmation, the swift slice of an arrow through the air almost left me deaf.

I felt the tip plunge into my right shoulder, the impact ripping through my flesh, burying itself in my muscles. It was a familiar discomfort I was not foreign to, and yet, it seared me with a most excruciating pain. But if those fools were truly aiming to send me to my grave, they should have done a more decent job. I held onto the reins tighter, commanding my steed to gallop further away. With this narrow escape, I knew, if I were a second too late, I might have welcomed more arrows than I could take.

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anonymous asked:

So what does Vanderwood do now after he got out of the agency? I mean what job did he take up? I can't imagine him in retail or a customer service job. He'll get pissed with the customers. Maybe he's actually a very good baker? Or he would become a maid? lol. HC please for vanderwood job hunting and employment.

  • Mary Vanderwood the III never once thought they would have to enter the ‘normal’ workforce again. Unfortunately, the collapse of their agency at the hands of Luciel and their resulting secret-agent equivalent of a ‘black spot’ on their record means that the whole… shooting and sneaking around thing? Not gonna happen anymore. 
  • Not that they wanted it to, really. Their job sucked. It sucked super hard. In fact, it sucked so much that any job they do from hereon out is going to be a cinch, right?
  • hahahahahahahahahahahahaa.
  • They try retail first, partially because it’s easy and partially because they can’t actually put their old job on their resume, so it looks like they’ve never been employed before in their life. They get a job in a department store selling clothes, which they think will be great. They love clothes! They love fashion! They’re looking forward to their 20% discount on all items!
  • they walk in to one of the changing rooms, find that someone has used it as an emergency bathroom, and quit immediately.
  • Next is a food-service job. They like cooking. They like cleaning. As long as the poop is in the toilet, they can deal with it, and they actually find a job at a middle-class restaurant within a convenient walking distance from their house. They get hired as a waiter, and the first week or so on the job goes okay. 
  • But things start to build up.
  • One customer complains about the coffee, saying it’s been overbrewed and it’s too bitter. Vanderwood testes it, it’s perfectly fine, but they bring them another cup. This cup is too bitter too. They suggest putting some cream in it, to which they’re told that only girls put cream in their coffee.
  • [deep inhale] [deep exhale] let it go.
  • Another complains about the pasta. They want it al-dente, they say. Oh-fucking-kay, Vanderwood tells the kitchen and brings them a new plate.
  • They are told the pasta is undercooked and they want to kill someone.
  • They call a customer a disgusting, tasteless monster after he asks why there isn’t any ice in his red wine, and promptly quits before they can be fired.
  • They try taking on work as a maid, and find themselves having to navigate a lawsuit when they accidentally set a person’s place on fire after trying to get rid of a centipede infestation.
  • why was there a centipede infestation what hell is this
  • It gets hard for them to find a job. They work at a bookstore, but get fired for complaining loudly about the latest trash novel that’s all the rage. They try IT work, and quit upon realizing that life in the IT profession is meaningless, filled with people who don’t understand what wireless dongles are and why their monitors won’t show any picture.
  • hint: it’s because it’s not fucking plugged in
  • For a long time they stick it out in a computer repair shop, but when a computer case is delivered to them that has an actual termite nest living near the power supply, they put it in a plastic bag, throw it out the window, and turn in their two weeks.
  • they start missing the days when they used to shoot people.
  • Bills start looming, and they’re considering just fucking selling their soul and take naughty pictures of themselves in Seven’s cosplay for funds when Jaehee mentions needing an assistant executive assistant.
  • oh boy
  • oh boy they could do that
  • oh boy THEY’LL DO ANYTHING, PLEASE, JAEHEE, LET THEM MANAGE SCHEDULES AND DO PAPERWORK
  • it’s a hellish life filled with long hours and navigating stupid decisions, but Jumin is the kind of man that doesn’t give a shit if his employees trash-talk him, so Vanderwood is in the clear on that. They just need to work hard, and they do, slaving under the corporate machine with Jaehee.

August 27, 2017 - Pin-tailed Whydah, Pintail Widowbird, King’s Whydah, King of Six, or Pied Widowbird (Vidua macroura)

Found in much of sub-Saharan Africa, these whydahs have been introduced to parts of the Caribbean and possibly some parts of the United States. They eat small grass seeds and insects, such as flying termites. Nest parasites, they do not form monogamous pairs or build their own nests. Males perform display flights for females, hovering in the air while singing, then breeding with several females. Females also breed with multiple males and lay their eggs in the nests of several other species of birds, mostly estrildid finches. A female may lay more than 20 eggs in a single breeding season.

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What can you tell me about Therizinosaurus

I can tell you so many things about Therizinosaurus.  The therizinosaurs have had one of the wildest rides in dinosaur history, in terms of how their remains were interpreted, and now we’re going to take a closer look at that.

The therizinosaurs were named after Therizinosaurus, the first known member of the group.  Therizinosaurus was discovered in 1948 by Soviet and Mongolian paleontologists, who initially believed they belonged to a giant turtle that used its long claws to harvest seaweed.

…I’m not exactly sure why this was the first thought, but it was.  Since the only known fossils were the arms, no one knew exactly what the body of Therizinosaurus looked like.  Even when the claws were determined to belong to a dinosaur, Therizinosaurus’ true nature remained mysterious.  It was often reconstructed as a giant meat-eater that tore its prey to pieces with its massively distended hand-claws.

The image above depicts the “Therizinosaurus” enemy from Dino Crisis, a game from 1999.  Not to jump ahead, but Therizinosaurus was still pretty poorly understood even at that late date.

Meanwhile, in the 1970s, a new dinosaur was discovered, and named Segnosaurus by its discoverers.  Segnosaurus was reasonably complete, but lacked a head and neck.  Uncertain as to what type of dinosaur it was, paleontologists speculated that it belonged to a late-surviving lineage of primitive sauropods - a group dubbed “the segnosaurs”.

(Anybody who knows the end of this story is probably giggling pretty hard at the above image right now.)

Several more species of segnosaur were discovered from the 70′s through the 80′s and 90′s, all from Mongolia or China - Nanshiungosaurus, Erlikosaurus, and Enigmosaurus.  It was eventually determined, based on the similarities of its claws to other members of the group, that Therizinosaurus was a segnosaur as well, causing the group to be renamed “therizinosaurs”.  While these discoveries began to shed more light on the therizinosaurs - including the fact that they were not primitive sauropods, and in fact a unique group of theropods - no one was quite sure what the hell these dinosaurs were.  None of the fossils found were complete enough to definitively classify them.

It wasn’t until 1994 that a therizinosaur skull was discovered, shedding a great deal of light on these animals’ ecological niche.  Alxasaurus, another Mongolian therizinosaur, possessed teeth that were definitely suited for eating plants.  This essentially confirmed that the therizinosaurs were herbivorous theropods - something previously unknown to science.  In addition, the 1999 discovery of Beipiaosaurus proved that therizinosaurs were feathered, and additional features of its anatomy revealed that they were highly derived coelurosaurus, closely related to tyrannosaurs, dromaeosaurs, and modern birds.  (Modern paleoartists have a lot of fun drawing therizinosaurs with all sorts of fanciful feathers, fleshy display organs, and color patterns that border on garish.)

Since then, more therizinosaur species have been discovered - including a few in North America.  These species have more primitive anatomies than the Asian varieties, suggesting that therizinosaurs first evolved in North America before emigrating to Asia.

So what does this tell us about Therizinosaurus?  Less than you might think.  No fossils are known, apart from the original pair of hands; its body plan has to be pieced together from speculation, based on the features of its relatives.  If its hands were in proportion to its relatives’, Therizinosaurus was the largest of the therizinosaurs -  over thirteen feet tall and thirty feet long.  It likely lived a similar lifestyle to the giant ground sloths of the Eocene and Pliocene periods, shearing tree branches with their massive claws.  (Some of its smaller relatives may have dug in the ground for food, or even broken open termite nests to feed on the insects inside.)

Whatever their role in the ecology of Cretaceous Mongolia, therizinosaurs were weird and wonderful animals.  What I wouldn’t give to visit them in their native time and place, and watch these giant sloth-turkeys majestically waddle across the prehistoric scene!

On Spider Houses and Greed within The Legend of Zelda

​“If you lift the curse … I’ll teach you … something good … Hurry … Please … This is awful … In here … The gold ones … The cursed spiders … Defeat them all … Make me normal … again … .”

- The Cursed Man, Majora’s Mask

“Human desire is an insatiable,
fearsome thing … even to a demon!
But then again, I suppose it’s also
what makes your kind so intriguing … .”

​- Batreaux, Skyward Sword

Above: The Cursed Man of the Fearful Spider House

Introduction

For me, and perhaps many readers, one of the most powerful images from The Legend of Zelda retained by memory is that of the House of Skulltula in Ocarina of Time’s Kakariko Village. Nestled in the midst of the most ostensibly peaceful location in Hyrule is an unassuming grey house, which, as we learn from the townsfolk, has a dark history and a necessary moral lesson. An elderly villager in Kakariko gives us this history: “Folks around here tell of a fabulously rich family that once lived in one of the houses in this village … But they say that the entire family was cursed due to their greed! Who knows what might happen to those who are consumed by greed.” [1] This tale is corroborated by the cursed father within the House of Skulltula, who tells Link of the curse on his family. Avarice fed his unquenchable desires, and before long, such vice led to the Curse of the Spider, here represented by Gold Skulltulas – themselves a perceptible symbol of greed. In order to dispel the spider’s curse, Link must destroy Gold Skulltulas the world over, collecting them as he goes; and in doing this, he also destroys a visible manifestation of greed and selfishness in Hyrule. [2]

Oft talked about, but little understood, the Spider Houses inhabiting both Hyrule and Termina hold a subtle fascination commonly overshadowed by rising plot, climax, and resolution. Spider Houses do not play pivotal roles in furthering the story, but they often augment small side-chapters parallel to the larger story with parables, morals, and mysteries. They also sound a clarion call against avarice, warning of greed’s corrupting influence on the face of the human soul.

As true in all societies and all places, the Curse of the Spider can take root in any human being, so it should be unsurprising that we also find people consumed with, and transformed by, greed within the parallel realm of Termina.

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How Termites Build Complex Homes Without a Master Plan

by Charles Q. Choi, Inside Science

Termites are tiny insects, but they are capable of moving tons of soil to build giant nests. Now scientists are discovering simple rules these insect architects might follow that could help explain how they build complex homes without a master plan.

Such research could lead to robot swarms that can organize to assemble intricate structures. These findings could also help decipher the rules governing complex systems ranging from blood vessels to neural networks.

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Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera sylvia)

…a beautiful species of tree kingfisher (Halcyonidae) which are endemic to the Northern Queensland coastline of Australia. Like other members of the genus Tanysiptera, T. sylvia will show an unusually Long tail with white plumes. However, like other kingfishers T. sylvia still feeds mainly on fish which hare caught via plunge diving. Small insects and other invertberates are also taken as well. Breeding for T. sylvia will occur between October and January and T. sylvia pairs are known to solely use termite mounds as nest sites. 

Classification

Animalia-Chordata-Aves-Coraciiformes-Halcyonidae-Tanysiptera-T. sylvia

Image: Jim Brendon

Teen Wolf Prompt

Stiles always knew the world was going to end with zombies.  He’s known ever since his best friend turned into a werewolf, and he found out that all the things that go bump in the night are real after all.

“Mark my words, dude, it’s gonna be zombies.”

“Uh-huh, are you sure you’re not just saying that because of all the video games we’ve played?”

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January 19, 2016 - Guianan Trogon (Trogon violaceus)

These trogons are found in northern South America and Trinidad. They eat fruit and small invertebrates, often taking food in flight. Cavity nesters, they use wasp and termite nests, rotting wood, and masses of epiphytic plant roots as nest sites. Males and females take turns excavating the nests and both incubate the eggs and feed the chicks. Guianan, Amazonian, and Gartered Trogons were previously classified as a single species, called the Violaceous Trogon, but were split into three species due to differences in their DNA and calls.

Fanfic: Demonic Strings

Title: Demonic Strings

Author: kita-the-spaz

Pairing: Sock/Jonathan (Kinda?)

Words: 1604

Content Warning: Mild Profanity

Summary:  Jonathan agrees to teach Sock how to play the guitar. He probably should have stayed in bed instead.

Comments: Written for prompt #1037 on the wthkinkmeme.

Notes:  I apologize, but I do not play an instrument. I love music of all kinds but have no gift for making it. Every bit of guitar terminology I use in this fic come from listening to an old boyfriend who was obsessed with his guitar, so if I remembered imperfectly, it’s all my fault and feel free to correct me.

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Bug of the Day

This wacky-looking beaded lacewing (Lomamyia longicollis) showed up at the porch light the other night. It did this weird wobbly back-and-forth dance whenever I pointed the camera lens at it, which is why none of the ten shots I took are in focus (humiliated myself in front of @eumorpha-dream this afternoon while trying to imitate it ;-)).

But the absolute weirdest thing about bearded lacewings is what bugguide.net has in its description of this creature:

Eggs are stalked, laid on wood surfaces near termite nests. Larvae live with and prey on termites, using an immobilizing gas (containing an allomone) discharged from their anus.

Translation: Their farts paralyze termites. Wow.

September 18, 2016 - Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)

These kingfishers are found in northern and eastern Australia. They eat a variety of invertebrates, as well as small lizards, frogs, and worms. Hunting mostly from low perches, they drop onto prey on the ground, catch it in the air, or pluck it from shallow water, returning to a perch to eat. Monogamous pairs build nests together in tree cavities, banks, the roots of fallen trees, or arboreal termite mounds. When building in termite nests, each bird flies directly at the mound with their beak pointed forward, slowly excavating a nest chamber with a short, sloped tunnel at the entrance. Both parents and several helpers from the last breeding season incubate the eggs and feed the chicks.

alzarahn  asked:

I was watching the movie again, and I noticed something; You remember when Max jumps out of the tower onto that crane hook? It gets lowered some immediately so the war boys can pull him in, and they've got these pole hooks ready to pull him back inside. Is this some sort of logistics system? In the real world the bulk of a military's operations are related to delivering supplies, but we don't see it. Thoughts?

Yep! I’ve also noticed things that look like climbing equipment on War Boy belts. Ropes, carabiners, and things. Ground level is swarming with Wretched and other undesirables that might want to pilfer food and other resources, so I expect that a lot of supplies never touch the ground when there’s not plenty of people there to defend it. It looks as if even vehicles are kept off of ground level for storage. There’s definitely crops growing on the summits of the mountains, you can see what appears to be terraced gardens and cranes to lift stuff up and down.

I expect the Citadel is like a termite nest inside, a honeycomb of tunnels and shafts. There might be something like mine shaft lifts used to get people and stuff around.

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