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Carpenter Bees: Blue Beauty With An Impressive Coat Of Fuzz

We have found yet another dazzling species. We had no idea that bees could even be blue, and then we stumbled upon the blue carpenter and became eager to learn more about it!

"The blue carpenter bee is found throughout Southeast Asia, India, and Southern China, and they're known for being large and heavy bees that live solitary lives, and are generally non-aggressive. While European honey bees (the most common species in Australia) grow to just 17 mm long, blue carpenter bees can reach a whopping 28 mm, which makes them appear eerily hefty." Via Australian Geographic. Wait a sec, not only are these bees beautifully blue, but they are also adorably chonky?! This just gets better and better.

"The blue carpenter bee is all about the females. It's the females who sport that brilliant blue pubescence (yep that's what the fuzz is called), and the females alone wield a stinger." Girl power!! Are we right ladies or are we right?  "The males are stinger-less, and have a more subdued, brown or greenish fuzz. Unlike honey bees, which build complex and intricate hives filled with tens of thousands of workers and a single queen, carpenter bees live alone, burrowing into trees to create a perfect little nest for themselves." Via Australian Geographic.

13 images of blue bees| thumbnail blue bee taking nectar from purple flower
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Father Daughter Duo Put Cicadas Into Cute Poses For Wholesome Photoshoot

We love a good news story! And we especially love when it's a family effort! The Good News Network covered the story. "The Fairfax, Virginia-based father/daughter team of Scott and Ellie Kanowitz have come up with a series of increasingly complex humorous vignettes starring the media-happy bugs interacting with a variety of toy props."

"They admit the one drawback to gently using live bug actors was that they did not always take direction well. 'Posing and building more and more elaborate schemes trying to get them to stay still and learn about the cicadas was really exciting. I think one thing we learned was that they don't like to ride on skateboards.' Scott told WTOP News."

We love learning about new and interesting species. And if we can combine that with a creative wholesome photoshoot, it's just that much better. Enjoy!

12 cicada images news story |thumbnail left cicada sitting at table with fake hot dog prop, thumbnail right cicada in police officer costume and toy truck
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The Atlas Moth: Largest Moth In The World (Beautiful Pics)

Meet the largest lepidopterans in the world - the Atlas moth. To be honest, we're not really insect people, but this might be one of the most beautiful insects we've ever seen. It takes its honorary place for us right next to the Sphaerocoris annulus that looks like an actual Picaso painting and these stunning and beautiful colorful mantises

Insects such as the Atlas moth are the best way to show people that nature - even when you might think that it's a but scary and eww-y - is actually beautiful. And the Atlas moth is an extra special beauty because of its gentle giant qualities. Keep reading to find out more about this incredible insect, and be amazed by how awesome nature really is

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Stunning And Colorful Mantises (12 Images)

We don't know about you but when we think of a mantis, the classic green mantis comes to mind. Who in the world knew they could come in such a vast variety of colors, and stunning colors at that? To say we're stunned is an understatement -- mantis are beautiful! 

Bugs are usually something we claim to be beautiful, but they have surprised us in the past! We're just attracted to unusual colors on things we've already decided on how they look. Which is usually brown and not so pleasant to look at. Turns out, there are more colors to little insects than we could ever imagine there would be.

We're not saying we're totally obsessed with insects now but we do appreciate their beauty!

stunning images of colorful mantises - thumbnail includes two images of colorful mantises, one of a pastel rainbow and one like a starry sky
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Colorful And Oddly Adorable Peacock Spiders

Another Spooktober special! OK, we know what you're thinking, "Spiders? Heck no." And we get that, and we're also like that. However, when it comes to peacock spiders, there's something enchanting about them. Yes, if we were ever in the presence of one, we'd probably run. 

These are just photos and vids, they can't hurt us. Remember that. 

The peacock spider is probably the most beautiful spider out there, with its vivid colors, and disproportional huge eyes, you can't help but think, "OK, these guys can be cool." Much like peacocks, male peacock spiders are the most colorful of the sexes and have displayed their colors bolding when trying to attract a mate. 

As much as they make us squeamish, bugs can be quite cool looking!  

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Striking Microscopic Insect Photography By Pavan Kumar

Talented photographer, Pavan Kumar, is able to capture what one might consider impossible... the beauty of insects. For many people, insects just make us feel squeamish. It's a fair assumption to say many people just don't like bugs. At all. And truth be told, I am one of those people. 

Yet, Pavan Kumar has somehow taken these mesmerizing images with such striking colors, you can't help but stop and marble at the beauty that is obviously there. It's a beauty you can't see until you see it. 

We had the opportunity to ask Kavan the simple question, "Why bugs?" Out of everything in the world to photograph, why these tiny creatures most don't care about? Pavan Kumar responded saying, "Insects are the most ignored creatures, thanks to their size. We see colourful birds, elephants, tigers, and lions in wallpapers and HD image galleries, but none of the insects! They're amazing creatures too. They look beautiful too. Let's show the world what is seldom seen!"

Pavan Kumar has accomplished just that, showing the world what is seldomly seen. See more of Pavan Kumar's insanely beautiful photographs on his Instagram

colorful and beautiful insect photographs from photographer pavan kumar - thumbnail includes two images one of a colorful spider and one of a colorful fly
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Fruits And Veggies Which Look Like Animals

It's always fun when you come across something that usually looks a certain way and all of a sudden, you see a new shape within it. Remind us of staring up at the sky and coming up with shapes out of clouds

Except, these items really do look unusual to everyone and you don't have to explain what part of the cloud looks like what. Here are 16 different fruits and veggies that somehow grew to look like animals or mythical creatures. We have no idea how they came to look this way but we are grateful for it because they are all delightful. 

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Twitter User Shows Demonic-Looking Wasps Nest Growing On Garage (Tweets)

Yikes! For anyone who's ever had a wasps nest grow on or near their house -- you know how terrifying (and dangerous) that is. For those who don't know, consider yourself lucky. Wasp stings hurt. A lot. 

But, unlike those pesky mosquitos which serve no purpose but to spread disease, at least wasps contribute to the world by controlling pest insect populations. 

And even though they are beneficial to the human population, it's never a good sign to see these terrifying nests growing so close to home. Twitter user, @thegallowboob, had shared a terrifying image of a wasps nest growing around headlights of a garage, giving it a demonic-look whenever the lights are turned on. Other users began sharing the wasps' nest near them, as well as other creepy animals that hang around their house. 

All we can say is... thanks for the nightmares! 


wasp wasps nests scary tweets twitter funny lol wtf demonic demon insects vultures | Rob N Roll @thegallowboob This is wasp nest has grown around flood lights on garage and yes will see nightmares tonight
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All About The Birds And The Bees (Memes)

We're here to teach you all about the birds and the bees! With bird and bee memes, of course! 

Why, what were you thinking? 

We have a deep love for birb memes, this you probably already knew but what about some appreciation for our honey-makers of the world? We do not see a bunch of bee-related memes out there (besides the 'Bee Movie', which shouldn't exist), and that needs to change!

Otherwise, how will the next generation know all about the birds and bees if not through memes? Luckily, that's a thought for another time. We've got a beautiful blend of screaming birds and sweet, sweet stinging bees. Enjoy!

birds and bees memes | a bird landed on my girlfriends head @ALSTON2008 that ain't no bird that is an omen of death | Even bees are getting quarantine bods.
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Adorable Furless Animals (18 Pics)

While we do love our super floofy animals, we also have a love for the non-fluffy/furry animals of the world! 

Reptiles, hairless mammals, and maybe even insects? Maybe. We'll see on that one. 

This list is a celebration of all hairless animals in their true, adorable forms. Fur isn't the measure of cuteness when it comes to an animal -- it's all about personality! And these animals below are jam-packed with personality!  

furless hairless animals cute adorable aww reptiles fur fluffy non snakes mammals | tiny baby turtle looking happy | yellow lizard licking a small flower
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Close-ups Of Caterpillar 'Feet' (12 Pics)

Stop the presses, who in this universe would have thought that caterpillars have such cute feet? 

Not us, that's for sure! There's so much beauty in some insects (sorry roaches, we're just not ready for you yet), and sometimes that beauty isn't really noticeable to us at first. Then you see it in a new light, a fresh perspective, and all of sudden you're thinking the impossible --- bugs can be cute! Like, those tiny tarantula paws! Those were awwdorable!

The 'feet' seen down below are known as the caterpillar's 'prolegs,' "small, fleshy, stub structure found on the ventral surface of the abdomen of most larval forms of insects of the order Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths)."

Well, like we said about the roaches, maybe not ALL bugs but definitely caterpillars and definitely their little feet! 

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Animals And Insects Eyes And Facts (38 Pics)

The eyes are the windows to the soul! 

It's quite bizarre-looking through all these animal and insect eyes and discovering how vastly different they are from one another. It's just mind-boggling to think there are so many different eye colors, shapes, uses, it's just too much to think about! 

Here is a huge list of numerous animals/insects and a close-up of what their eye looks like and what "special features" it may have. 

A majority of these incredible shots are taken by the incredibly talented photographer Suren Manvelyan! Check more of his amazing work here

animal insect eyes facts wtf crazy interesting cool wow pics | Cats can see eight times better than humans | Llamas have eyes adjust high altitudes. Suren Manvelyan zoomed in closeup micro photography
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The Microscopic World Of Snails By Photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko

A snail looking at its own reflection? Who knew a snail could be a creature of deep sentience?

Photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko, that's who. 

This magical and microscopic world is captured by the talented Ukrainian photographer Vyacheslav Mishchenko, who has a gallery full of insects and beautifully shares their little/big world. . 

The photographs are crisp, colorful, heartfelt photos that look like it could be part of a fairy tale.

See the complete whimsical gallery that'll for sure leave you speechless. 

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Lucas the Spider, the most musical spider in the world is now also an artist? Seems like there's nothing he can't do!

Lucas shares his art and feelings about his art with his friend the fly. Turns out, looking at art makes you happy inside. 

And looking at Lucas videos makes US very happy. 

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Twelve Insects And Microscopic Animals From 2019 Photomicrography Competition

Get ready to dive in a small, but huge, world! The Annual Nikon Small World Contest features the best of the best when it comes to micro photography, all taken with a Nikon camera! And while there is so much beauty in the small details of nature, we've only gather the insects and animal photography below. 

If you wish to view even more spectacular photography, head over to Nikon Small World or you can follow them on Instagram

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Japanese Artist Creates Realistic Nature-Inspired Accessories

From handbags to ties and insects to sea dwellers, the Japanese artist, Amanoyakahu, has explored a plethora of accessories and creatures. With the inspiration of nature, the work took realistic shape and Amanoyakahu never looked back! You can follow all the new extraordinary work on Twitter or the website.


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