The Breathtaking, Belly Dancing Lilac-Breasted Roller

The Breathtaking, Belly Dancing Lilac-Breasted Roller

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Splendid Scarabs Are Living, Gleaming, Queensland Opals

splendid scarab, Protaetia speciosa jousselini, opals

Habitat: northern Iraq, Syria, northern Iran, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Russia Status: No Conservation Concerns These Splendid Scarabs (Protaetia speciosa jousselini) are the…

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Newly Described Tiger’s Treefrog Is Striped and Stunning

Hyloscirtus tigrinus, Tiger's Treefrog (4)

Habitat: Colombia, Ecuador Status: Endangered This awesome frog is the Tiger’s Treefrog (Hyloscirtus tigrinus) and I’m sure you can see how it got its common…

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Spanish Shawl Nudibranch Dazzles Underwater

spanish shawl nudibranch

image credit: paulabutlerphotography.com Habitat: west coast of North America and further south Status: No Conservation Concerns Beautiful! Beautiful! B-e-a-utiful!!!!This Spanish Shawl Nudibranch (Flabellina iodinea) is…

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A Little Drab But Still Fab: Brown Violetear Hummingbird

Brown Violetear, Colibri delphinae (1)

Habitat: Central America, and western and northern South America (primarily the Andes and the Tepuis) with isolated populations on Trinidad and in the Brazilian state Bahia…

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Supermodel of the Horse World: the Golden Akhal-Teke

The Most Beautiful (and Beastly) Creature: Rainbow Jumping Spider

The Most Beautiful (and Beastly) Creature: Rainbow Jumping Spider

© Peter Robo © Peter Robo © Peter Robo © Peter Robo Habitat: Australia Status: Not Listed This rainbow Jumping Spider looks like a little…

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Amethyst Starling: Holder of All the Colors of the Galaxy in Its Feathers

violet-backed starling, amethyst starling, Cinnyricinclus leucogaster

  Habitat: Sub-Saharan Africa Status: Least Concern Here’s the unbelievably striking Amethyst Starling or Violet-backed Starling (Cinnyricinclus leucogaster). The purple and indigo feathers are quite…

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Green Lacewing: the Tiny (Yet Fabulous) Insect is Adorned With Pearls and Lace

Chrysopa perla, blue lacewing (5)

Habitat: most of Europe Status: No Conservation Concerns Measuring in at only 10–12 millimetres in length, with a wingspan of 25–30 millimetres, the Green Lacewing (Chrysopa…

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The Butterfly of the Sea: Red Gurnard

The Butterfly of the Sea: Red Gurnard

  image source: suityu-sukima.sakura.ne.jp  © Steve Wozniak image source: suityu-sukima.sakura.ne.jp  Habitat: Northwest Pacific: southern Hokkaido, Japan southward to the South China Sea Status: Not Evaluted…

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