Bugs often end up on their backs when they die because blood flow decreases and their legs deflate, making them top heavy.
…is a species of Platyrhacid (Platyrhacidae) Polydesmid millipede which was first described in Colombia in 2011. It is noted for the several species of symbiotic mosses found growing on its dorsal surface, making it the first millipede known to have epizoic plants!
“Right now, in almost every river in the world, some 12,000 different species of caddisfly larvae wriggle and crawl through sediment, twigs, and rocks in an attempt to build temporary aquatic cocoons. To do this, the small, slow-moving creatures excrete silk from salivary glands near their mouths which they use like mortar to stick together almost every available material into a cozy tube. A few weeks later a fully developed caddisfly emerges and almost immediately flies away.”
Since the 1980s Duprat has been collecting caddisfly larvae from their normal environments and transporting them to aquariums in his studio. There he gently removes their own natural cocoons and puts the larvae in tanks filled with materials such as pearls, beads, opals, turquoise and pieces of 18-karat gold. The insects still do exactly what comes naturally to them, but in doing so they create exquisite gilded sculptures that they temporarily call home. If you saw them out of context, you’d never guess they’d been created insects.
I will always reblog this artist’s work with caddisfly larvae. I should also mention that “natural” larval cases are also quite beautiful – tiny pebbles, reeds, and river bits building a protective case.
Ooh I caught these monarchs for you, tumblr.
If you like Vines of cats and cool bugs I find, I’m on Vine as Cat Rocketship.
Paradise in the backyard today. Several species of moth and butterfly, one big monarch lolling about, 3-4 species of bees. Currently 64 and sunny. Going to soak this afternoon in so I can fall back on the feeling come winter.