After several poor summers for Scotland’s puffins, the “clowns of the sea” are gearing up to leave the country after a good breeding season, experts have said.
Changes to habitat and food brought on by climate change have created difficult conditions for breeding puffins in recent years, but early indications show that Scotland has enjoyed a positive breeding season, according to the Scottish Seabird Centre.
With pufflings now hatched and ready to take wing, visitors to Scotland have only a few weeks left before the birds – who come to Scottish islands including May, Craigleith, Fidre and Shetland – leave Britain’s northern shores in August, said the chief executive, Tom Brock.
(via The Guardian)
This Dirty Little Weed May Have Cleaned Up Ancient Teeth
“Turns out that for 7,000 years, snacking on nutsedge may have helped people avoid tooth decay. But at some point, the root it lost its charm. By the 1970s, it was branded “the world’s worst weed.”
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Another plea to amateur UK naturalists: be sure to take part in this year’s Big Butterfly Count, which continues until 10th August. Pictured is the Camberwell Beauty, Nymphalis antiopa, a rare migrant on our island.
…is a species of membracid treehopper that is widely distributed throughout central and eastern North America. Adult A. tartarea are typically active from May through October, and are active on a variety of host plants. Which typically consist of black locust, ragweed, and various sunflower and goldenrod species.
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Faustina the Elder, A.D. 140 - 160. This marble sculpture is Roman, and from Asia-Minor (present-day Turkey).
Annia Galeria Faustina, known as Faustina the Elder, was the wife of Antoninus Pius, who ruled the Roman empire from A.D. 137 to 161. She probably married Antoninus Pius about A.D. 110 and they had four children. The marriage appears to have been quite loving compared to others in the Imperial family. Although she died twenty years before him, Antoninus Pius did not remarry. On her death in A.D. 141, Antoninus Pius declared Faustina divine and built a temple in her honor in the Roman Forum.
Portraits of Faustina can be identified by her distinctive hairstyle and facial features. This slightly over life-size statue combines a conventional portrait head for the empress with a standardized body type, referred to as a “Large Herculaneum Woman” by scholars. The size of this statue indicates that it occupied a public space, perhaps a city square or a temple dedicated to the divine Faustina. Although they are now missing, Faustina may have held attributes of poppies and ears of wheat in her lowered left hand. That being the case, this statue would have portrayed the empress in the guise of Ceres, the goddess of fertility. (getty)
Banded Blue Pierrot (Discolampa ethion)
…a species of gossamer-winged butterfly (Lycaenidae) which is native to Southern Asia, where it occurs in Sri Lanka and South India, east to the Philippines. D. ethion caterpillars are typically found in association with plants of the genus Zizyphus, adults on the other hand are known to visit a much broader range of plants.
Violet-crowned Woodnymph (Thalurania colombica) male feeding from flowers at the low lands of Costa Rica, Guapiles, Cope Wildlife http://www.chrisjimenez.net #chrisjimenez #costarica #wildlife #nature #birding #birds #birdsloversworldwide #birdsgallery #hummingbird #hummingbirdphotography #hqspbirds