Moth Mimic Leaf

Photo credit: Enyagene | Szymon Stebnicki
Your eyes aren’t playing tricks, the Uropyia meticulodina is bizarre, yet incredible, moth that can perfectly mimic a fallen, dead curled up leaf to perfection. Despite its strange mimicry, the curled up-looking wings are fully functional, and actually as straight as those of any regular moth species. This effect is created by minute scales on its wings that replicate the shading of a curled up dead leaf. Read more for another video and additional information.

Japanese Photographer Dogs Before After Grooming
Photo credit: Grace Chon via Peta Pixel
Photographer Grace Chon has started a new photo series called “HAIRY”, and it’s exactly as you imagined. All of the dogs featured in these images have been groomed in a Japanese grooming style, which doesn’t follow the usual cuts and rules, but rather emphasizes making the animals look as adorable as possible. Each of these haircuts took hours at the Los Angeles-based Healthy Spot, since most of the styling is done by hand. “I’ve always found before and after photos from dog grooming to be really funny. Usually it doesn’t even look like it’s the same dog in each photo! I had the idea of shooting a photo series that highlighted this extreme transformation,” said Grace. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Hornet Venom

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It’s that time again, time for the winners of this year’s Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, which showcases “excellence in photography through the light microscope” and has been running for 44-years thus far. This incredible award-winning shot comes from Pierre Anquet of La Tour-du-Crieu, Ariege, France, who managed to capture a Vespa velutina (Asian hornet) with venom on its stinger. Continue reading for more.

Macro Butterfly Wings

Photo credit: Chris Perani via Peta Pixel

These aren’t computer generated images, just extreme close-ups of butterfly wings captured by photographer Chris Perani. They may look beautiful, but these images took a painstaking amount of work, as each one is composed of 2,100 separate exposures that were merged into a single ultra-high-resolution photo. They were captured using a 10x microscope objective attached to a 200mm camera lens. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Seal Slaps Kayaker

Photo credit: Taiyo Masuda via Peta Pixel

Sydney-based filmmaker Taiyo Masuda recently went on a kayaking trip with his friend Kyle Mulinder when he unexpectedly captured a wildlife encounter unlike any other with a GoPro Hero 7 Black: a seal swam up to Mulinder and slapped him in the face with an octopus, or possibly providing him with a gift. “We were kayaking in the winter NZ Kaikoura, beautiful day, seals were swimming and enjoying the sun on the rocks. Right around lunchtime, several seals started to swim around. We just thought they were refreshing their body, yet apparently they were seeking more of food,” said Masuda to Peta Pixel. Continue reading to see more footage from Taiyo’s adventures.

Small World in Motion

Photo credit: Nikon

There’s plenty going on around us that we can’t see, and the annual Nikon Small World in Motion video contest aims to bring some of that unseen world to light. Starting off, the first place winner captured by Dr. Elizabeth M. Haynes & Jiaye “Henry” He, using Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy (SPIM) at 10x magnification, shows a zebrafish embryo growing its elaborate sensory nervous system (visualized over 16 hours of development). Continue reading for another video and more information.

Funniest Wildlife Photos

Photo credit: Jamie Bussey via Bored Panda

It’s that time again, time to announce The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards finalists. This year, the judges have already received 2000 entries, and picked out 41 finalists. Best of all, anyone can enter, as the split is currently 30% professional and 70% amateur entries. “Our strong belief here at Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards is that the smallest thing can help conservation. By following Born Free on social media you have made one positive step. By supporting them financially you make another big step. By sharing our posts, by buying the book, by keeping the conversation going…all these things help raise the issues of conservation,” said co-founder Tom Sullum. Continue reading for more pictures.

Lioness DSLR Camera

Photo credit: Barbara Jensen Vorster via Peta Pixel

Barbara Jensen Vorster, a professional wildlife photographer, was snapping a pride of lions in Botswana when a lioness unexpectedly snatched her Canon 7D and Canon 100-400mm lens. How did this happen? Well, she accidentally dropped the kit on the ground, and after hearing the noise, the lioness mother growled and then approached the group, which caused them to leave. “The camera fell with the lens looking up, she gently flipped the camera on its side and picked it up by the barrel of the lens. They dragged it through the dirt, chewed on the lens hood and then fortunately, like most kids, soon grew tired with their new toy,” said Vorster. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Wrap Around Spider

The dolophones conifera, better known as the Wrap-around spider, is a species of spider in the family Araneidae indigenous to Australia. What makes it stand out is its ability to flatten and wrap its body around tree limbs as camouflage. During the evening, it stays in webs, while during the day take up their characteristic camouflaged form on tree branches and trunks. They also travel along the ground. Continue reading for more creepy natural phenomena that you might not have seen before.