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Dec 26 2011

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: A small perspective on rain

(via NatGeo)

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  1. 1
    ManOutOfTime

    What a beautiful photograph. Life is tough for little guys like that! Hang in there!

  2. 2
    ManOutOfTime

    Which makes me realize that’s a better “hang in there” image than those kitsch posters with a car or a chimp.

  3. 3
    Glen Davidson

    I whip my wings back and forth.

    Glen Davidson

  4. 4
    Dick the Damned

    Is the dragonfly trying to throttle a stick insect?

  5. 5
    firefly

    What a fantastic shot!

  6. 6
    a3kr0n

    Definitely award winning.

  7. 7
    yellowsubmarine

    It’s like he’s standing in a tiny meteor shower. I’m glad to be big.

  8. 8
    Marcus Ranum

    There’s an awesome movie (I’m forgetting it’s name, now) about life in a pasture or meadow – something like that – which has this awesome scene where it starts raining hard and you see all the bugs getting slammed around by these giant car-sized globs of water… It’s not one of the Attenborough films, I don’t think, but it’s comparably good.

  9. 9
    matthewenglund

    Looks like Occupy Twig to me :-)

  10. 10
    Dick the Damned

    Marcus, i saw that too. The dragonfly was described as the ruthless killer of all insects that got in its way. It was very good natural history, as you say, on a par with DA.

    That’s why i tried to make a joke of it throttling a stick insect.

  11. 11
    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    I wonder where that is–I never see dragonflies with orange wings.

  12. 12
    Markita Lynda—threadrupt

    It eats to live: why should it have sympathy for its mosquito meals?

  13. 13
    Glen Davidson

    It eats to live: why should it have sympathy for its mosquito meals?

    Especially, why should we?

    Not that the mosquito “should” have sympathy for us, either, but even parasites likely view their own parasites as loathsome (at least reasonably smart ones, like vampire bats).

    Glen Davidson

  14. 14
    Marcus Ranum

    Ah, the movie I was referring to is “Microcosmos” — I highly recommend it.

  15. 15
    feralboy12

    There’s an awesome movie (I’m forgetting it’s name, now) about life in a pasture or meadow

    Microcosmos, perhaps?

  16. 16
    feralboy12

    Ah, too late, I see.
    Fine movie, though. I particularly liked the dung beetle sequence.

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    jasonmcdonald

    Well aright. Sun-showers are the only way Im aware of to get this shot. I’m amazed/skeptical that the rain was so dense. Personally I would have staged this on a sunny day with a sprinkler ;)

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    AussieMike

    Hold on Marge, it’s just a brief shower!! Marge????…….

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