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The Mutillidae are a family of more than 3,000 species of wasps (despite the names) whose wingless females resemble lar...
  • Panda ant #mental_wildlife The Mutillidae are a family of more than 3,000 species of wasps (despite the names) whose wingless females resemble large, hairy ants. Their common name velvet ant refers to their dense pile of hair, which most often is bright scarlet or orange, but may also be black, white, silver, or gold. Black and white specimens are sometimes known as panda ants due to their hair coloration resembling that of the giant panda. Their bright colors serve as aposematic signals. They are known for their extremely painful stings, hence the common name cow killer or cow ant. Unlike real ants, they do not have drones, workers, and queens. However, velvet ants do exhibit haplodiploid sex determination similar to other members of the Hymenoptera, including the Vespoidea. The exoskeleton of all velvet ants is unusually tough (to the point that some entomologists have reported difficulty piercing them with steel pins when attempting to mount them for display in cabinets). This characteristic allows them to successfully invade the nests of their prey and also helps them retain moisture. Like related families in the Vespoidea, males have wings, but females uniformly are wingless. They exhibit extreme sexual dimorphism. The males and females are distinct enough in their morphology, that it is often very hard to decide whether or not a given male and female belong to the same species, unless they are captured while mating. In a few species, the male carries the smaller female aloft while mating, which is also seen in the related family Thynnidae. Mature mutillids feed on nectar. Although some species are strictly nocturnal, females are often active during the day. Photo: unknown #animalkingdom #naturephotography #naturalworld #naturelovers #wildlifeplanet #wildlifeonearth #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifegeographic #natgeowild #wildlifephotographs #panda #planetearth #pandas #animalphotos #wildlife #amazing #beautiful #photooftheday #uniqueanimals #picoftheday #conservation #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #visualsoflife #cute #weirdandwonderful #instanature #wildlife_perfection #wildlife_seekers
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  • Inspired by bold colours from nature and using craftsmenship and simple design, we present tailored jackets in a series of autumnal colour ways
  • Inspired by bold colours from nature and using craftsmenship and simple design, we present tailored jackets in a series of autumnal colour ways
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  • Panda ant
#mental_wildlife

The Mutillidae are a family of more than 3,000 species of wasps (despite the names) whose wingless females resemble lar...
  • Panda ant #mental_wildlife The Mutillidae are a family of more than 3,000 species of wasps (despite the names) whose wingless females resemble large, hairy ants. Their common name velvet ant refers to their dense pile of hair, which most often is bright scarlet or orange, but may also be black, white, silver, or gold. Black and white specimens are sometimes known as panda ants due to their hair coloration resembling that of the giant panda. Their bright colors serve as aposematic signals. They are known for their extremely painful stings, hence the common name cow killer or cow ant. Unlike real ants, they do not have drones, workers, and queens. However, velvet ants do exhibit haplodiploid sex determination similar to other members of the Hymenoptera, including the Vespoidea. The exoskeleton of all velvet ants is unusually tough (to the point that some entomologists have reported difficulty piercing them with steel pins when attempting to mount them for display in cabinets). This characteristic allows them to successfully invade the nests of their prey and also helps them retain moisture. Like related families in the Vespoidea, males have wings, but females uniformly are wingless. They exhibit extreme sexual dimorphism. The males and females are distinct enough in their morphology, that it is often very hard to decide whether or not a given male and female belong to the same species, unless they are captured while mating. In a few species, the male carries the smaller female aloft while mating, which is also seen in the related family Thynnidae. Mature mutillids feed on nectar. Although some species are strictly nocturnal, females are often active during the day. Photo: unknown #animalkingdom #naturephotography #naturalworld #naturelovers #wildlifeplanet #wildlifeonearth #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifegeographic #natgeowild #wildlifephotographs #panda #planetearth #pandas #animalphotos #wildlife #amazing #beautiful #photooftheday #uniqueanimals #picoftheday #conservation #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #visualsoflife #cute #weirdandwonderful #instanature #wildlife_perfection #wildlife_seekers
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  • Good morning Monday 🌅
  • Good morning Monday 🌅
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  • EW! 🌎🌍🌏
I love when kids change their opinion of nature from, “Ew! What is that?”, to, “Cool! What is that!” We have been experimenting with dif...
  • EW! 🌎🌍🌏 I love when kids change their opinion of nature from, “Ew! What is that?”, to, “Cool! What is that!” We have been experimenting with different types of composting with these white grubs. My students have evolved from shy and scared, to enthusiastic grub hunters. #gounlaminated
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  • If you see me seemingly staring into space, I’ll be here.
  • If you see me seemingly staring into space, I’ll be here.
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  • I know it’s a little late in the day but I couldn’t help but post this gorgeous waterfall I found today in golden gate park. It’s truly amazing how...
  • I know it’s a little late in the day but I couldn’t help but post this gorgeous waterfall I found today in golden gate park. It’s truly amazing how many times you can wander through this park and find something new and extraordinary each time. Protecting these ecosystems is more important than ever, and I’m always glad to see GGP (and it’s residents) thriving and growing.
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  • Кому нравятся пингвинчики? 🐧❤
Абсолютно всем 😍
Они настолько милые, что не могут оставить никого равнодушными 😉
Поэтому мы влюблены в эти прекра...
  • Кому нравятся пингвинчики? 🐧❤ Абсолютно всем 😍 Они настолько милые, что не могут оставить никого равнодушными 😉 Поэтому мы влюблены в эти прекрасные ботиночки от #RICOSTA ❤❤❤ А вы? ⠀ 👉 7050 руб. ✅ Артикул 38233/343/68 👟 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 ⠀ Заказать ботиночки можно здесь 👇 🏢 в нашем магазине в ТЦ Аэробус 📲 по телефону W/A +7-985-429-96-64 🌍 в нашей группе во Вконтакте: ссылка в профиле
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  • #joshuatree pictures I took last week. We are so small compared to the rest of the universe
  • #joshuatree pictures I took last week. We are so small compared to the rest of the universe
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  • I checked out this book at the library on our last visit and I am in love. A visual compendium of wonders from nature #naturalworld by #amandawood ...
  • I checked out this book at the library on our last visit and I am in love. A visual compendium of wonders from nature #naturalworld by #amandawood and #mikejolley illustrated by #owendavey I love everything about this book. The illustrations are beautiful and intresting. The information is useful and well thought out. It goes through habitats,species, and other intresting facts about the living things around us. Beautiful addition to any library.
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  • Life goes on in the most inhospitable places. The more you look, the more you see. Spent 2 days exploring the Flaming Cliffs in the Gobi, been tryi...
  • Life goes on in the most inhospitable places. The more you look, the more you see. Spent 2 days exploring the Flaming Cliffs in the Gobi, been trying to get a photograph of a Hare. I've seen him twice, but not had a chance for a decent photo. #gobi #life #naturalworld
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  • Luscious piece of blue kyanite, utterly natural and as it came out of the ground. Helps with our well being by aligning chakras for good energy flo...
  • Luscious piece of blue kyanite, utterly natural and as it came out of the ground. Helps with our well being by aligning chakras for good energy flow. Kyanite doesn’t needing cleansing although you may wish to blow the dust off occasionally, it doesn’t accrue negativity. Blue kyanite also helps with planning and following through in an orderly way to reach a goal. #Al2SiO5 #kyanite #bluemineral
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  • It took about an hour but I finally found a mushroom bigger than the ones that grow in my sock drawer.
  • It took about an hour but I finally found a mushroom bigger than the ones that grow in my sock drawer.
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  • A majestic oak showing off it's golden fall color.
  • A majestic oak showing off it's golden fall color.
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  • Don’t have a camera but I gotta take pictures.
  • Don’t have a camera but I gotta take pictures.
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  • Tryna maintain that "good good" natural hair 😏😏😏 #giveaway #productplug #naturalworld #naturalista #thegoodgoodproducts #froitup #PuffyFro #ilov...
  • Tryna maintain that "good good" natural hair 😏😏😏 #giveaway #productplug #naturalworld #naturalista #thegoodgoodproducts #froitup #PuffyFro #iloveit @Regran_ed from @producplug - Hey naturalistas! We have something special for you just in time for Christmas! Be one of two winners to win a box filled with Natural Hair products this Christmas Eve 🎁 To be eligible simply: ✔️Like/follow our page ✔️Share this post ✔️Tag our page so that we'll see! Remember: Your page/post must be "Public" so that we can view it. Winners will be contacted privately and posted on our page. Good luck! - #regrann
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  • Can you imagine how it feels to look down from that ledge? To get the feeling of flying as the winds run through your hair. 😍
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  • Can you imagine how it feels to look down from that ledge? To get the feeling of flying as the winds run through your hair. 😍 📷@hannesstier
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  • Time seems to stand still with her ❤️🕰🛑
  • Time seems to stand still with her ❤️🕰🛑
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