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Another crustacean crisis

Due to the sustained period of dry and hot weather recently an emergency rescue was required last week. We’ve blogged about similar operations in the previous two years, where the River Rye in Duncombe Park, Helmsley tends to dry up during summer months because of numerous natural sink holes. 384 more words

North York Moors

Wave that claw: how male crabs attract mates

Ilyoplax pusilla is a type of small crab found in Japan. Like many other crabs, males of this species perform a waving behavior during the reproductive season to attract females. 321 more words

Green lacewing larvae video

This video from the USA says about itself:

23 July 2016

Amazing Insect Camouflage – The larvae of the Green Lacewing cover themselves with bits of bark, moss, lichen, moss and dead prey to perfectly blend in with a Mango Tree as it hunts voraciously for aphids, ants, small spiders and mites that might damage the tree and fruit.

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Environment

Species of the Week #14

The Scorpion Fly is neither a fly nor a scorpion yet resembles both, it is one of Britain’s most distinctive insects and one of my personal favourites. 253 more words

Wildlife

Spider Milk Mystery Solved!

Thanks to responses from two spider experts, the “spider milk mystery” has been solved! Here are my initial questions and their answers:

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Field Notes

Broad-bodied chaser dragonflies of the Veluwe region

This 19 July 2016 video shows a male broad-bodied chaser dragonfly of the Veluwe region in the Netherlands.

This 19 July 2016 video shows a male broad-bodied chaser dragonfly of the Veluwe region in the Netherlands.

Environment

Migrating Gliders

You may wait a long time before one of these gliders comes to a stop. Both the Spot-winged (Pantala hymenaea) and Wandering Glider ( 219 more words

Fieldnotes