Humboldt Penguin
(Spheniscus humboldti)

The Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) belongs to a genus of penguins known as the 'banded penguins'. There are four species within this genus, Spheniscus, of which all have a very similar pattern of black and white. This contrasting colouration is known as countershading (or Thayer's Law). When viewed from…

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Orange Ladybird
(Halyzia sedecimguttata)

The Orange Ladybird (Halyzia sedecimguttata) is a common occurrence near deciduous trees. This species used to be restricted more towards ancient woodland where it was uncommon, but it has adapted well over the last century and is now common among trees such as Ash, Beech and Sycamore.


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Harlequin Ladybird
(Harmonia axyridis)

The Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) is also known as the Asian Lady Beetle and the Halloween Lady Beetle. It gets its latter name from its tendency to enter homes in October in preparation for hibernation. The harlequin ladybird first came to Britain in the summer of 2004, unfortunately…

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Stick Insect
(Metriophasma [Acanthometriotes] crassus)

A rare inhabitant of South America, Metriophasma (Acanthometriotes) crassus is a remarkably colourful member of the Pseudophasmatidae family. First described by the renowned entomologist Morgan Hebard in 1924 in his paper headed 'Studies in the Dermaptera and Orthoptera…

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Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec
(Echinops telfairi)

Although it looks a lot like a hedgehog, the Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec (Echinops telfairi) is actually a member of the Tenrecidae family. When two species that are not closely related develop similar traits or appearances, due to living within similar environments and adapting to similar lifestyles, it is known…

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Motherphage Spider
(Coelotes atropos)

Similar in appearance to some of the Amaurobius species, the Motherphage Spider (Coelotes atropos) is actually part of the Agelenidae family which includes the big 'house spiders' of the genus Tegenaria. The motherphage spider is almost identical to Coelotes…

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The many colours of the Peafowl

There are three species of peafowl in the world. They are the the Congo Peafowl (Afropavo congensis), the Green Peafowl (Pavo muticus) and the Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus). This post is all about the most popular of the three, the Indian peafowl.

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(Cantharis livida)

The beetle known as Cantharis livida is a variable beetle within the family Cantharidae. The specimen pictured here was photographed in Bristol, UK. In Europe it is sometimes referred to as the Yellow Soft-wing or Variable Soft-wing.


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Inca Tern
(Larosterna inca)

The Inca Tern (Larosterna inca) is easily recognisable with its bright bill and facial plume feathers. The individuals here were photographed at Torquay's Coastal Zoo and Aquarium (Living Coasts) in the UK.




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Worm Slug
(Boettgerilla pallens)

The Worm Slug (Boettgerilla pallens) is a clear and pattern-less slug. Similar in appearance to the Ghost Slug(Selenochlamys ysbryda), it is one of only two species in the Boettgerilla genus, the other being Boettgerilla compressa.


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