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image: Image of the Day: Ancient Flowers

Image of the Day: Ancient Flowers

By | January 8, 2014

A chunk of amber contains the remains of a 100-million-year-old flowering plant (Micropetasos burmensis).

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image: Image of the Day: Nectar Eater

Image of the Day: Nectar Eater

By | January 7, 2014

The hummingbird hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) avoids competition from other insects by using its proboscis to feed on nectar from long and narrow flowers.

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image: Image of the Day: Silky Structure

Image of the Day: Silky Structure

By | January 6, 2014

This tower on the bark of a cecropia tree was built by an as yet unknown Peruvian spider to house a single egg.

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image: Image of the Day: Protective Coat

Image of the Day: Protective Coat

By | January 3, 2014

Staphylococcus aureus produces an enzyme that causes blood to clot, which may shield the bacteria from host immune cells.

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image: Image of the Day: Hungry Mantis

Image of the Day: Hungry Mantis

By | January 2, 2014

A South African praying mantis (Miomantis caffra) eats a fly.

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image: Image of the Day: Snowy Details

Image of the Day: Snowy Details

By | January 1, 2014

This snowflake was imaged using a low temperature scanning electron microscope.

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image: Image of the Day: Spring-loaded Stem

Image of the Day: Spring-loaded Stem

By | December 17, 2013

The stalks of the protist Vorticella quickly coil up to protect the organism from its environment.

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image: Image of the Day: Large Meal

Image of the Day: Large Meal

By | December 16, 2013

A wolf spider eats a poison dart frog (Amereega trivitatta) in a Suriname rainforest.

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image: Image of the Day: Mosquito Eggs

Image of the Day: Mosquito Eggs

By | December 13, 2013

The oocytes of the Anopheles gambiae mosquito are surrounded by epithelial cells (blue), muscle cells (green), and accumulate lipids (red) in the cytoplasm after the insect has a bloodmeal.

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image: Image of the Day: Wild Hair

Image of the Day: Wild Hair

By | December 12, 2013

This 5-mm-long juvenile planthopper releases waxy secretions that form strands and may protect the insect from predators.

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