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Carpenter ants are the largest of all ants species. They derive their name by burrowing into woods. Their diet is based on foods with high sugar content.
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This is a #latergram of spring flowers including a daffodil - the symbol of hope for people with cancer.

Pleomorphic - having different size, shape or form.
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Lipo - fat; sarcoma - cancer of bones or soft tissues such as muscle, tendons, blood vessel, fat cells.
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Pleimorphic liposarcoma - rare form of cancer that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been diagnosed with.
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What do snails eat?
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Snails are herbivores or vegetarians. They'll eat what you put in your garden salad sans dressing of course. .
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Butterfly wings are made up of thousands of scales. When light strikes these layers of scales, light is reflected several times. The combination of these numerous reflections generate the intense iridescent colors of their wings.
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Unlike butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies feed on small insects. Butterflies are vegans; damselflies are carnivores.
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Let's do a poll:
Who are vegans? Answer with
Are you a carnivore? Answer with
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A friend in need.
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Dragonfly wings are hydrophobic or in lay language, waterproof. It is made up of chitin, the same material that makes up the exoskeleton (external skeleton) of insects.
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The overnight mist could have weaken the wings' strength. This dragonfly was literally 'crying' for help. I put it under the morning sun while on my palm, and in 5 minutes it flew. Free.
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Reposting due to typo.
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Caterpillars have ~4,000 muscles. In comparison humans have ~630 muscles.
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Check them out. They feature excellent choices.
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#whphyperlapse of a slow moving snail for this weekend's @instagram challenge. The slow pace of a baby snail makes the 6x speed setting of the new Instagram app Hyperlapse just ideal for a 15 sec time lapse macro photography.
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Snails secrete slime to cling to surfaces. In the beauty industry, many believe slime is able to activate the production of collagen and elastin, the proteins that help make our skin smooth and wrinkle-free.
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Would you put slime on your face? Some do .
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What is the complex leaves of ferns called? Frond.
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Underneath the fronds are structures called sori which carry the sporangia (spores). The shape, location, pattern and arrangement of the sori are used in classifying the different types of ferns.
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Find the emoji. #lookfortheemoji
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Fun with emoji. Find the #emoji
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Insects are easily recognized by heaving head, thorax, and abdomen. But not all those with head, thorax, and abdomen are insects. Do you think these 'party animals' looking like cartoon characters are insects?
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I have few macro collections in Stellar. Please do check it out. My bio has the link if you're interested.
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Please visit the link on my profile to see the uncropped version in Steller. (I love this iPhone app.)
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Weed. Foe of the gardener. Friend of the Macro Biologist.
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Did you know that corn meal gluten is a natural weed control agent? If spread in your lawn in the spring just before forsynthia starts to bloom, it will prevent the germination of dandelions and other weeds.
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#macrobiologist #iphonejoymacro #stellerstories #steller
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Spiders carry their eggs on their back, or abdomen. Each egg sac which is made up of silk has hundreds to thousands of eggs waiting to hatch.
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Did you know that spider silk when compared weight for weight is stronger than steel? Made up mostly of protein, it is less dense than steel. To put it it in perspective, at a given weight, spider silk is ~5x as strong for the same weight of steel.
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Are snails born with their shells? The answer is yes. Initially the shell is soft but it will eventually harden as the snail matures. The snail initially eats the egg shell it was born with. Convenient source of calcium, isn't it? The shell it was born with will become the centre of the shell's spiral as the snail matures. As it grows older, the number of whorls also increases. As you may notice in this image, this is a young snail with just a couple of whorls.
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Beetles comprise 40% of all insect species.
Fireflies and ladybugs are types of beetles.
Beetles lift their spiny hind legs to scare off intruders.
Now check it out again.
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Have a great weekend.
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Can you count the number of eyes? Two? Not quite.
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Dragonflies have compound eyes. They have thousands of visual receptors called ommatidia. Each of the ommatidium is a functioning eye in itself. It has it's own lens and visual neurons that connect it to the brain. They are like thousands of motion cameras functioning together. Now you know why dragonflies are so jumpy. It's the nature of things.
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Ferns have neither flowers nor seeds so they reproduce by spores located underneath the fronds or in lay term, the foliage. Under moist conditions the spores will grow as 'gametophytes' which carry the male and female parts. When the male and female cells fuse they will form tiny fern plants with full complementary genetic materials.
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Some ferns reproduce by rhizomes or 'spreading roots' so they are genetically the same as the parent plant. That's the nature of things.
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You wake up in the morning. It didn't rain the night before but you notice there are water droplets on the leaves of your plants. We often mistake these as dews. In fact, they're produced by a process called transpiration. When plants take in carbon dioxide they release oxygen for us to breathe. In the process they lose water. This is just one mechanism by which plants cool themselves (sort of) as we do when we perspire. It's essentially 'evaporation' of water absorbed by the roots and released through structures called stomata.That's the nature of things.
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If you need macro inspirations, make sure to follow these galleries. You'll be impressed by the quality of their selections.
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Slugs are essentially shell-less snails. Did you know that slugs are hermaphrodites?
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Pay attention to this! Slugs practice apophallation. (You recognize part of that word?) It means during copulation one of the slugs chews off the other's genitalia if it gets entangled into the partner's. Ouch! Then on, the slug becomes essentially a female. Ah, the nature of things.
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She was a despised caterpillar before she turned into adorable butterfly. The wonder and beauty of life is we all have the opportunity to turn our caterpillar into butterfly, but first we have to awaken the pupa in us to molt our sleeping potentials.
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There are a lot of things we miss in life, because too often we're so busy looking only for things we want to see. Stare at this flower, and tell
me what you have found.
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