In the meadows of Europe, colonies of industrious team-workers are being manipulated by a master slacker. The layabout in question is the Alcon blue butterfly (Maculinea alcon) a large and beautiful summer visitor. Its victims are two species of red ants, Myrmica rubra and Myrmica ruginodis. The Alcon blue is a ‘brood parasite’ – the […]

via Alcon Blue Butterfly & friends. — Old Guv Legends

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Dispholidus typus The highly venomous but rather shy Boomslang (Afrikaans for “Treesnake”) occurs in parts of all South Africa’s provinces, occupying fynbos, savanna, thicket and forest habitats. It is also widely distributed over much of the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. The Boomslang is diurnal, arboreal and very agile, hunting by sight for chameleons, lizards, geckos, […]

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The Guardian reports The rate of insect extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review. More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the […]

via Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’ — Natural History Wanderings

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Los Padres Forest Watch reports Yesterday, more than 100 members of Congress joined together to introduce legislation protecting America’s treasured national monuments from further attack by the Trump administration or future presidents. The bill is in response to recent attempts to shrink or eliminate protections for more than two dozen national monuments throughout the country, […]

via Legislation Introduced to Protect Carrizo Plain, Other National Monuments — Natural History Wanderings