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image: Image of the Day: Painted Panels

Image of the Day: Painted Panels

By | January 26, 2016

These iridescent scales belong to a great purple hairstreak butterfly (Atlides halesus).

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image: Image of the Day: Seeing Spots

Image of the Day: Seeing Spots

By | January 25, 2016

A look at the developing fruit fly eye (posterior on the right)

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image: Image of the Day: Colorful Capsules

Image of the Day: Colorful Capsules

By | January 22, 2016

These shiny chrysalises contain pupae of the common crow butterfly, hours from hatching.

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image: Image of the Day: Protective Parent

Image of the Day: Protective Parent

By | January 21, 2016

A polychaete worm, just under 3 cm long, lays large yellow eggs into “brood tubes” made from secreted mucus.

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image: Image of the Day: Green Streams

Image of the Day: Green Streams

By | January 20, 2016

Intertidal wetlands on the coast of Andalucia, Spain, are taken over by bright green seaweed, multicolored microalgal blooms, and sediments colored by sulphurous bacteria and iron oxide.

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image: Image of the Day: Rows of Rotifers

Image of the Day: Rows of Rotifers

By | January 19, 2016

Sessile rotifers extend their heads to feed from protective tubes they have constructed using compressed pellets of waste material.

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image: Image of the Day: Prey Perception

Image of the Day: Prey Perception

By | January 18, 2016

These 3-D glasses are helping scientists understand how mantises use stereopsis—3-D perception—when hunting.

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image: Image of the Day: Sensory Straw

Image of the Day: Sensory Straw

By | January 15, 2016

A moth's proboscis—a long, hollow feeding tube—is covered in tiny chemo- and mechanosensitive hairs.

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image: Image of the Day: Pretty Polyps

Image of the Day: Pretty Polyps

By | January 14, 2016

The stony twists and turns of this giant brain coral (Colpophyllia natans) are formed by a colony of polyps that secrete calcium carbonate.

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image: Image of the Day: Microscopic Mosaic

Image of the Day: Microscopic Mosaic

By | January 13, 2016

This non-motile diatoma type of algaegets its energy from light via photosynthesis and measures just 213 micrometers across.

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