07 Mar '12, 1am

20 Incredible Praying Mantis Pictures

20 Incredible Praying Mantis Pictures

As the warmth of spring arrives, the hatching process begins and the baby mantises break out from the ootheca. Newly free, but small and wingless, mantis nymphs are especially vulnerable at this point of their development, with larger insects often taking the opportunity to prey upon the new arrivals. Those that do survive build up their strength by hunting small insects such as fruit flies. As the summer approaches, the nymphs steadily grow through their adolescent stage until they reach full size come the end of summer. Through the process of molting, the nymphs replace their exoskeletons with newly sturdy and flexible outer coverings, and will do so as many as ten times in total.

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13 Amazing Pictures of Dunes from Space. #photography #nature

13 Amazing Pictures of Dunes from Space. #photo...

environmentalgraffiti.com 07 Mar '12, 5am

Sand dunes are stunning examples of nature's artistry, and they aren't just found on Earth. This stunning set of images sh...