archiemcphee:

Colossal, the Department of Incredible Insects recently encountered more photos of the fascinating work of French artist Hubert Duprat and his industrious Caddisflies (previously featured here).

"Right now, in almost every river in the world, some 12,000 different species of caddisfly larvae wriggle and crawl through sediment, twigs, and rocks in an attempt to build temporary aquatic cocoons. To do this, the small, slow-moving creatures excrete silk from salivary glands near their mouths which they use like mortar to stick together almost every available material into a cozy tube. A few weeks later a fully developed caddisfly emerges and almost immediately flies away."

Since the 1980s Duprat has been collecting caddisfly larvae from their normal environments and transporting them to aquariums in his studio. There he gently removes their own natural cocoons and puts the larvae in tanks filled with materials such as pearls, beads, opals, turquoise and pieces of 18-karat gold. The insects still do exactly what comes naturally to them, but in doing so they create exquisite gilded sculptures that they temporarily call home. If you saw them out of context, you’d never guess they’d been created insects.

Visit Colossal for additional images and video of Hubert Duprat discussing these amazing insects and their shiny, shiny creations.


ravendroppings:

mcsprankles:

howtohavegaysubtext:

I think everyone should know about Pega donkeys which are a gaited breed native to Brazil and they are cute as hell.

These are some really nice asses.

THOSE EARS!


allcreatures:

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Picture: Vadim Trunov/Solent News (via Pictures of the day: 2 September 2014 - Telegraph)

allcreatures:

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Picture: Vadim Trunov/Solent News (via Pictures of the day: 2 September 2014 - Telegraph)


brxkenpetal:

this-one-moment:

He just accepts it right away.

this makes me so happy and idk why

brxkenpetal:

this-one-moment:

He just accepts it right away.

this makes me so happy and idk why


earthlynation:

Imbabura Treefrog (Hypsiboas picturatus) (by Lucas M. Bustamante-Enríquez)

earthlynation:

Imbabura Treefrog (Hypsiboas picturatus) (by Lucas M. Bustamante-Enríquez)


earthlynation:

Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor constrictor) (by Lucas M. Bustamante-Enríquez)

earthlynation:

Boa Constrictor (Boa constrictor constrictor) (by Lucas M. Bustamante-Enríquez)


earthlynation:

Spotted Lancehead (Bothrops punctatus) - juvenile (by Lucas M. Bustamante-Enríquez)

earthlynation:

Spotted Lancehead (Bothrops punctatus) - juvenile (by Lucas M. Bustamante-Enríquez)



becausebirds:

My favorite bird, the Hooded Merganser, I lovingly call it the Bride of Frankenstein bird. I love their head banging, and the little rocking dance like in the first GIF and last photo.

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darrentobereal:

All white Ibizan Hound

darrentobereal:

All white Ibizan Hound