rhamphotheca:

Absurd Creature of the Week:

World’s Most Badass Ant Skydives, Uses Own Head as a Shield

By Matt Simon 

With a range stretching from Argentina all the way up into the southern U.S., this incredible genus of ants has also mastered the art of rainforest skydiving, leaping from the canopy to avoid predators, only to steer themselves mid-flight right back onto the trunk of their home tree. And they do it with remarkable agility.

But first: that strange head. The various species of Cephalotes have a range of head shapes. Some are almost perfectly circular, like a manhole cover. These ants typically establish their colonies in dead branches of living trees, where wood-boring beetles have conveniently left cavities. “The size of the soldier head is perfectly matched to the size of the beetles that came out of the tree,” said tropical ecologist Stephen Yanoviak of the University of Louisville.  The Cephalotes move in, and at any given time a soldier’s head serves as a door to keep the ants’ many enemies at bay.

In other species, the soldiers have to team up. Cephalotes atratus, below, occupy the hollow branches of living trees, where a longer slit in the wood acts as an entrance to their colony. “What they’ll do is the soldiers and the workers will line up basically cheek to cheek with that fairly flattened head,” said Yanoviak. “And they can collectively block the entrance that way.”..

(read more and watch em go: Wired Science)

photos: Stephen P. Yanoviak

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wilwheaton:

#TRUTH
vuls:

Glass sculpture by 3D Design student Joanne Broker

vuls:

Glass sculpture by 3D Design student Joanne Broker

hiromitsu:

Torres Blancas 2 by Linda Bjorling on Flickr.

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sailorflip:

enjolrasactual:

in-love-with-my-bed:

the-winchesters-creed:

ayellowstateofmind:

Imagine stabbing someone with this knife. 

It would instantly cauterize the would, so the person wouldn’t bleed, so it’s not very useful.

if you want information it is

and above, in order, we see a gryffindor, a ravenclaw, and a slytherin

The Hufflepuff is just excited about toast

sailorflip:

enjolrasactual:

in-love-with-my-bed:

the-winchesters-creed:

ayellowstateofmind:

Imagine stabbing someone with this knife. 

It would instantly cauterize the would, so the person wouldn’t bleed, so it’s not very useful.

if you want information it is

and above, in order, we see a gryffindor, a ravenclaw, and a slytherin

The Hufflepuff is just excited about toast

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arpeggia:

Elaine Reichek - The Artist’s Bedroom, 1979, cloth, thread, bed, and paint, installation dimensions variable

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rocksandants:

I’m still not sure why the USGS is photographing insects, but these are worth a look.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/usgsbiml 
(via 9 amazing macro photos of insects | MNN - Mother Nature Network)

rocksandants:

I’m still not sure why the USGS is photographing insects, but these are worth a look.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/usgsbiml 

(via 9 amazing macro photos of insects | MNN - Mother Nature Network)

arpeggia:

Radek Brunecky - Irgendwo Anders, Zurich, 2011

arpeggia:

Radek Brunecky - Irgendwo Anders, Zurich, 2011

kiameku:

Kris Martin Water 2012 found objects, water

kiameku:

Kris Martin
Water
2012
found objects, water