…is a colorful species of Chromodoridid nudibranch that is native to the tropical western Pacific Ocean and the eastern Indian Ocean. Although H. bullockii is typically a light purple color, it is surprisingly quite variable in color and can occupy a large range of colors. Like all other 7chromodorid nudibranchs H. bullockii feeds almost exclusively on sponges.
Kanto Illustrations #027 - 049 - Created by Piper Thibodeau
Piper has continued her amazing illustration series catologing the entire Pokedex, starting at the very beginning. You can follow her on Tumblr for all of her excellent artwork; in fact, we highly recommend that you do so right now.
Kanto Illustrations 001 - 026 - Created by Piper Thibodeau
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ビリリダマ, the “ball” Pokemon, is 1’8” and weighs 22.9 lbs. “Voltorb” is volt + orb. It has a volatile temperament and will explode if agitated. マルマイン is 3’11” and weighs 146.8 lbs. “Electrode” may be a portmanteau of electric + explode or node, as well as a pun on electrode. It tends to live in power plants where fresh electricity is generated. The more energy Electrode consumes, the faster it moves. Electrode explodes in response to even the smallest stimulation simply to entertain itself or because it has taken in too much electricity. When full of stored electricity, it has been known to drift with the wind.
ELECTRODE, by Tino Walter.
Oh my God, this is so clever. YOU ALL BEST BE APPRECIATING THIS ARTIST’S CLEVERNESS.
Imaginative Sculptures of Paper by Peter Callesen
Danish artist Peter Callesen creates complex sculptures and scenes with symbolic imagery by cutting and folding single sheets of plain white paper.
The solid, imaginative forms and humorous imagery emerging from each sheet of paper is all the more remarkable considering the intricate sculptural detail and symbolism he usually adds in the process. His art usually depicts tragedy in various shapes and forms – by using a simple featureless material, the drama of each scene and the fragile nature of the characters involved are even more intensified.
A curious Strombus vomer (Gastropoda - Strombidae) photographed at about 12m deep during a night dive in Davao del Norte, Philipphines.
…an interesting species of Sphicterochilid land snail that inhabits deserts in Israel and Egypt, specifically in the Negev and Sinai deserts. S. boissieri is one of the few gastropods (along with Xerocrassa seetzeni and others) to inhabit such a harsh environment and thus has evolved several adaptations to avoid desiccation. One of the first is a very thick shell with a reduced aperture, a thick epiphragm and slow body surface heat conduction. Its shell also reflects around 90% of the visible and solar spectra During the summer S. boissieri will dig itself into the soil and begin to aestivate (a form of dormancy), while dormant S. boissieri can resist temperatures up to 50°C (122°F) and will experience water loss of only 0.5 mg per day, with a low oxygen consumption rate, which allows S. boissieri to survive droughts for years! When Sphincterochila boissieri is not dormant it feeds mainly on soil, mainly loess mud, lichen, soil algae and limestone.
sometimes known as the “Tumble Bug” Melanocanthon bispinatus is a species of scarab beetle (Scarabaeinae) that is native to Eastern North America. Adult M. bispinatus are active from April to July and have a varied diet which ranges from fungi to the dung of various animals.