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gbid 283w ago
Trying to keeps skin out of the #sun. #work #construction #fun #green
  • acgentz 283w ago

    I just realized that you were working today....that explains alot.

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gbid 2w ago
Velvet ants are not ants at all, but a specialized group of insects belonging to the wasp family Mutillidae. The females are sometimes confused with ants. Ants, however, have elbowed antennae, and a "hump" in the constriction between the thorax and abdomen.  The Mutillidae family consist of around 8000 species worldwide, over 400 species occur in the North American southwest. The female velvet ant is a wingless solitary wasp often seen scurrying around in a hurried manor moving at speeds up to .3 mph. The exoskeleton of the Velvet ant is very durable, up to 10 times stronger than that of a yellow jacket wasp. The velvet ant utilizes this feature to invade the nests of its prey and stay hydrated. Females have an arsenal of defenses compared to the male and all other insects. The female deters predators by releasing odors, sound, aposematic coloration, and a painful sting that is rated a 3 on the Schmidt pain index with 4 being the most painful. Only the females have stingers; that's because the stinger, which is highly flexible and half as long as the insect itself, is a modified egg-laying organ called an ovipositor.
Male mutillids fly in search of females; after mating, the female enters a host insect nest, typically a ground-nesting bee or wasp burrow, and deposits one egg near each larva or pupa. The mutillid larvae then develop as idiobiont ectoparasitoids, eventually killing their immobile larval/pupal hosts within a week or two. Velvet ants exhibit haplodiploid sex determination, as do other members of the superfamily Vespoidea. #wasp #velvetant #wildlife #entomology #smile #sting #venom #nature #love #instagood #instanature #biologist #ecology #insect #rip #ouch #fuzzy
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gbid 11w ago
The greater roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) is a member of the cuckoo family. With its long tail, crested head, long legs, and its speckled brown/ black feathers, it is one of the most distinguishable birds in the southwest. The roadrunner is a ground bird, it spends most of its life on the ground hunting insects, reptiles, small mammals, and ground nesting birds. When running it leans over parallel to the ground with its long tail extended behind them like a rudder. The roadrunner was portrayed as being faster than the coyote in the popular Warners Brothers cartoon; in fact, the coyote can reach speed of 43 mph, which is twice as fast as a roadrunner. Roadrunners are weak flyers, but a threat may trigger a short, low burst of flight to seek a hiding place; You may observe roadrunners on fence posts or even up on telephone wires. Typically flying is limited to gliding from a nest to the ground or between perches. The pair both patrol their territory which can be as large as ½ mile in diameter. Roadrunner pairs form lifelong bonds that they renew each spring in a series of ritual courtship calls and steps. Mating consists of the male leaping onto his partner’s back with a prey offering, both partners then grasp the prey as they copulate. Instead of cuddling the male circles his mate bowing, cooing, and flicking his tail in a stylish display. #birdsofinstagram #cuckoo #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #desertecology #instagood #conservation #ornathologist #birder #greaterroadrunner #cartoonbird #cute #love #me #follow #photographylovers #tbt #fbf #like #beautiful
gbid 13w ago
---TARANTULA HAWK---Twenty-one species of Tarantula hawk occur in the southwestern United States, eighteen in the genus Pepsis and three in the genus Hemipepsis. The species ranges in deserts, arid environments, and foothills. Pepsis grossa (formerly Pepsis formosa) and Pepsis thisbe are the most common. The two species are difficult to distinguish, but the majority of P. grossa have metallic blue bodies and reddish antennae, which separates them from P. thisbe. Both species have bright orange wings that become transparent near the tip. Typically, the female Tarantula hawk travels low to the ground while detecting burrows inhabited by spiders using her sense of smell. Once she discovers a burrow occupied by a spider she then removes it from the burrow and attacks. Tarantula hawks are quite stout and powerful, which provides excellent armor during encounters with tarantulas and other large spiders. During the attack she stings the spider which places it into a state of paralysis within 5 seconds. The spider is then paralyzed for the remainder of its life. The subdued spider is transported to a brooding nest (the burrow in which it was expelled from) where a single egg is laid on the abdomen of the spider; the nest entrance is then sealed. When the egg hatches, the tiny larva is initially connected to the spider by the tip of its tail. The tarantula hawk larva bends over and attaches its head and begins to feed.  During initial feeding the larva avoids the vital organs as long as possible to keep the spider alive until its final molt when it rips open the spider's abdomen, thrusts its head and part of the thorax inside the spider, and devours the host until it is dead. The young tarantula hawk then emerges from the sealed chamber and the cycle repeats. The U.S. state of New Mexico chose a species of tarantula hawk (specifically, P. formosa, now known as P. grossa) in 1989 to become its official state insect. #wildlife #entomology #entomologist #insects #bugs #wasp #spider #wolfspider #tarantula #tarantulahawk #venom #bugsofinstagram #conservation #cute #love #nature #photooftheday #photography #instagood #followme #fun #amazing #nofilter