Photo 28 Jul 5 notes Scotland’s threatened puffins have successful breeding season | Environment

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)

Scotland’s threatened puffins have successful breeding season | Environment

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)

#conservation #wildlife #birds #seabirds #Atlantic Puffin #Fratercula arctica #Fratercula #Fraterculini #Fraterculinae #Alcidae #Lari #Charadriiformes #Aves #puffin #Scotland

Photo 28 Jul 46 notes kqedscience:

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.”
Learn more from NPR.

kqedscience:

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.”

Learn more from NPR.

#purple nutsedge #Cyperus rotundus #Cyperus #Cyperaceae #Poales #sedge #nutsedge #teeth #ecology #health #hygiene

Photo 28 Jul 23 notes oakapples:

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.
Photo: lepiforum.de

oakapples:

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.

Photo: lepiforum.de

#Big Butterfly Count #butterflies #Lepidoptera #Camberwell Beauty #Mourning Cloak #Nymphalis antiopa #citizen science #United Kingdom

Photo 28 Jul 40 notes astronomy-to-zoology:

Acutalis tartarea
…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. 
Classification
Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Hemiptera-Auchenorrhyncha-Cicadoidea-Membracidae-Smilinae-Aculatini-Acutalis-A. tartarea
Image: Me

astronomy-to-zoology:

Acutalis tartarea

…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. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Hemiptera-Auchenorrhyncha-Cicadoidea-Membracidae-Smilinae-Aculatini-Acutalis-A. tartarea

Image: Me

#Acutalis tartarea #Acutalis #Aculatini #Smilinae #Membracidae #Cicadoidea #Auchenorrhyncha #Hemiptera #Insecta #Hexapoda #Arthropoda #treehopper #insects

Photo 28 Jul 7 notes The sun reflects off the sea in this picture taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station and sent on his Twitter feed. Picture: REUTERS/Alexander Gerst/NASA (via Pictures of the day: 18 July 2014 - Telegraph)

The sun reflects off the sea in this picture taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station and sent on his Twitter feed. Picture: REUTERS/Alexander Gerst/NASA (via Pictures of the day: 18 July 2014 - Telegraph)

#Earth #sunlight #ocean #sea #satellite view #International Space Station

Photo 28 Jul 24,357 notes eumorpha-dream:

birdandmoon:

Venomous vs poisonous! If this one’s too small, you can read it on my site here. The animals are: northern copperhead, cane toad, tiger keelback snake, hooded pitohui, northern short-tailed shrew.
If you like my work, check out my Patreon, which is just $1.74 away from $200!

A lovely comic done by a lovely person. And it’s super informative!

eumorpha-dream:

birdandmoon:

Venomous vs poisonous! If this one’s too small, you can read it on my site here. The animals are: northern copperhead, cane toad, tiger keelback snake, hooded pitohui, northern short-tailed shrew.

If you like my work, check out my Patreon, which is just $1.74 away from $200!

A lovely comic done by a lovely person. And it’s super informative!

#poisonous #venomous #cartoon #Northern Copperhead #Cane Toad #Tiger Keelback Snake #Hooded Pitohui #Northern Short-tailed Shrew

Video 28 Jul 592 notes

ancientart:

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)

Courtesy of & currently located at the Getty Villa, Malibu, 70.AA.113. Photos taken by Harvey Barrison.

#Annia Galeria Faustina #Faustina the Elder #Antoninus Pius #Roman art #sculpture #marble #Asia Minor #Turkey

Quote 28 Jul 2 notes
Dungy is an easy criticism target. Hearing him hide behind “distractions” is depressing on a variety of levels: it combines miserable coaching philosophy, lazy broadcasting and a very mealy-mouthed version of Christianity from a guy whose books are on the end-cap of the Bible aisle. Dungy the Media Guy believes the Dungy the Coach would be put-off by all the distractions caused by endless speculation and half-hearted condemnation coming from the likes of … Dungy the Media Guy. Dungy the Bestselling Author of Quiet Strength and Dare to be Uncommon, the one who doesn’t have to look up a reference to Mathew 25:40 to know what it says, would be incensed if he weren’t the same guy.

#Tony Dungy #media #sports #NFL #Michael Sam

Video 28 Jul 126 notes

astronomy-to-zoology:

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. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Lepidoptera-Lycaenidae-Discolampa-D. ethion

Images: Jeevan Jose and Shyamal

#Banded Blue Pierrot #Discolampa ethion #Discolampa #Polyommatini #Polyommatinae #Lycaenidae #Papilionoidea #Lepidoptera #Insecta #Hexapoda #Arthropoda #butterfly #insects

Photo 28 Jul 33 notes 
Dickcissel by Ed Post

#Dickcissel #Spiza americana #Spiza #Cardinalidae #Passeroidea #Passerida #Passeri #Passeriformes #Psittacopasserae #Eufalconimorphae #Aves #birds

Photo 28 Jul 15 notes duendemaya:

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   #hqspbirdshttp://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8gD7/530ea06e

duendemaya:

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

http://click-to-read-mo.re/p/8gD7/530ea06e

#Violet-crowned Woodnymph #Thalurania colombica #Thalurania #Trochilidae #Apodiformes #Cypselomorphae #Aves #birds #hummingbird #flight #flowerrs #Costa Rica

Photo 28 Jul 5 notes Purple Bergamot (by Dendroica cerulea)

Purple Bergamot (by Dendroica cerulea)

#Purple Bergamot #Monarda media #Monarda #Mentheae #Nepetoideae #Lamiaceae #Lamiales #plants #flowers #bergamot #morning #summer #Highland Park Meadows #Highland Park #Middlesex County #New Jersey #mine

Photo 28 Jul 2,216 notes allthingseurope:

Ringshall, UK (by Damian_Ward)

allthingseurope:

Ringshall, UK (by Damian_Ward)

#forest #morning #trees #Common Bluebell #bluebells

Photo 28 Jul 200 notes
via textless.

#forest #trees #Colorado

Photo 28 Jul 123 notes vacilandoelmundo:

Ponta do Garajau, Madeira, Portugal

#coast #stairs #staircase #Ponta do Garajau #Madeira #Portugal


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