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Aphrophorid Spittlebug (Philagra sp., Aphrophoridae)
The spittlebugs are best known for the nymphal stage (even though they are rarely actually seen), which produces a cover of frothed-up plant sap resembling spit; the nymphs are therefore commonly known as spittlebugs and their froth as cuckoo spit, frog spit or snake spit.
The froth serves a number of purposes. It hides the nymph from the view of predators and parasites, it insulates against heat and cold, thus providing thermal control and also moisture control. Without the froth the insect would quickly dry up. The nymphs pierce plants and suck sap causing very little damage, much of the filtered fluids go into the production of the froth, which has an acrid taste, deterring predators.
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Pu’er, Yunnan, China
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The Sky Blue Mushroom (Entoloma hochstetteri) is a strikingly colored blue mushroom only found in two places of the world New Zealand and India. Its bizarre coloring is caused by the pigment Azulene which is found in nature as a constituent not only of pigments in mushrooms but of some marine invertebrates. Its cap is relatively tiny only reaching about 4cm in diameter!
A keeper wearing a panda suit picks up young panda Tao Tao in 2010. A captive cub that has never seen a human face since being born will soon be released back into the wild. Keepers have always dressed in panda suits smeared with urine while around him in the hope that it would help him adapt to the wild.
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