Under The Hedge

Plants, fungi, mantids, inverts, pretty pictures, interesting facts.
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Tiny Frog - Amazon Rainforest, Peru

This frog has absolutely no business being this tiny.

My heart exploded

zubat:

justbmarks:

Tiny Frog - Amazon Rainforest, Peru

This frog has absolutely no business being this tiny.

My heart exploded

(via faephobia)

Some Aminata muscaria near Newtonmore in the Cairngorms.

Elm leaves, buds and seeds earlier this year in Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen.
The majority of the elms in Britain were lost to Dutch Elm Disease, but full size adult trees still survive in Scotland because for a list of reasons including characteristics of the more common type of elm tree here (Ulmus glabra), climate (it’s cold as balls and that may limit the beetle vector for the disease) and another fungus that competes with the bark beetles.
But it’s still spreading, just slower.

Elm leaves, buds and seeds earlier this year in Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen.

The majority of the elms in Britain were lost to Dutch Elm Disease, but full size adult trees still survive in Scotland because for a list of reasons including characteristics of the more common type of elm tree here (Ulmus glabra), climate (it’s cold as balls and that may limit the beetle vector for the disease) and another fungus that competes with the bark beetles.

But it’s still spreading, just slower.

vita-insectum:

Everyone meet Lighter, my pet praying mantis.  Not sure what species so an ID would be helpful (I’m looking at you fyeahmantodea).  I found him back in Pennsylvania and brought him to Florida with me.

Would need to see a shot of the inside of the raptorial legs where they join the thorax but I’m pretty sure that’s a Mantis religiosa, definitely an adult female.

vita-insectum:

Everyone meet Lighter, my pet praying mantis.  Not sure what species so an ID would be helpful (I’m looking at you fyeahmantodea).  I found him back in Pennsylvania and brought him to Florida with me.

Would need to see a shot of the inside of the raptorial legs where they join the thorax but I’m pretty sure that’s a Mantis religiosa, definitely an adult female.

Yesterday morning I looked around my room and thought “I own too many Bromeliads”, but then I remembered that’s not a real thing and you can never have too many and if anything I need more.

Bulbophyllum sp. orchid from the Glasgow Botanics.

Bulbophyllum sp. orchid from the Glasgow Botanics.

Fern Microsorum pappei, in case you can’t read the label.
A terrestrial relative of the Java fern you might know from fish tanks (which can also grow out of water in high humidity).
Glasgow Botanics

Fern Microsorum pappei, in case you can’t read the label.

A terrestrial relative of the Java fern you might know from fish tanks (which can also grow out of water in high humidity).

Glasgow Botanics

Adorable tiny epiphytic orchid of some sort from the Glasgow Botanics.

Adorable tiny epiphytic orchid of some sort from the Glasgow Botanics.

Cryptanthus sp. bromeliad, aka an earth star.
Glasgow Botanics.

Cryptanthus sp. bromeliad, aka an earth star.

Glasgow Botanics.

A moderate sized staghorn fern (Platycerium bifurcatum I think) with a small Haresfoot fern of some sort (Davallia sp.) growing on it.

An epiphyte growing on an epiphyte, epiphyte-ception? I’m cool and pop-culture savvy…

Glasgow Botanics.