The Caterpillar of the Wavy Emerald Moth (Synchlora aerata), family Geometridae, a species found throughout much of North America. The larvae feed on many plants in the family Asteraceae (like Liatris spp. and Rudbeckia spp.) as well as a variety of other flowering plants. They are known to pluck the petals from the flowers of their host plants and affix them to their backs using silk. Once the petals begin to wilt and discolor, the caterpillar discard the old petals and picks new petals, which camouflage the animal.
(top photo: the larva on a Liatris, by Hope Abrams)
The Top 100 Goals of 2011
2012 is flourishing, but it’s not too late to look back on the best goals from last year. Messi is on the list. Ronaldo too. But you already knew that. Some brilliant golazos you might not have seen are on here too.
Highly recommended hidden gems: Hernán Barcos’ exquisite dribbling for Liga de Quito (#94), Nikica Jelavic’s bicycle kick for Rangers (#91), Julio Gómez with another bicycle in the U-17 World Cup (#87), Pa Modou Kah coming out of nowhere with a thunderbolt of a strike (#62), Gualberto Mojica’s one-two to back of the net strike (#55), Lisandro López’s textbook bicycle kick for Arsenal de Sarandi (#21), and Cleiton Xavier’s surreal touch for Metalist Kharkiv (#10).
What was the best goal of 2011 in your opinion?
image by Tom Clancy
explosionsoflife: Red-lined Bubble Snail
The red-lined bubble shell oceans. It is a voracious predator, feeding on sedentary polychaete worms.
(Info via AMNH)
Froglet of a Solomon Islands Eyelash Frog