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image: Image of the Day: Elaborate Eggshell

Image of the Day: Elaborate Eggshell

By | August 5, 2014

A lacy pattern marks the outlines of cells that secreted the proteins for this fly (Drosophila virilis) eggshell.

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image: Image of the Day: Hungry Hungry Herons

Image of the Day: Hungry Hungry Herons

By | August 4, 2014

Five young green herons (Butorides virescens) perch on a branch.

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image: Image of the Day: Bright Eyes

Image of the Day: Bright Eyes

By | August 1, 2014

Hover flies (Orthonevra nitida) with distinctive eye markings like this are a common sight on every continent except Antarctica.

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image: Image of the Day: Mesmerizing Mucus

Image of the Day: Mesmerizing Mucus

By | July 31, 2014

Marine parchment worms (Chaetopterus sp.), pictured here in a full body fluorescent image, secrete a luminescent blue mucus that is surprisingly stable at temperatures ranging from –75ºC to 250ºC.

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image: Image of the Day: Floral Fraud

Image of the Day: Floral Fraud

By | July 30, 2014

An elbow orchid (Arthrochilus latipes) tricks male wasps into pollinating its flowers by mimicking the pheromones of the female wasp.

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image: Image of the Day: Kaleidoscopic Clam

Image of the Day: Kaleidoscopic Clam

By | July 29, 2014

The giant clam, Tridacna maxima, and its photosynthetic symbiont algae live in sunny patches of coral reef.

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image: Image of the Day: Vector Injector

Image of the Day: Vector Injector

By | July 28, 2014

A malaria-bearing mosquito (Anopheles gambiae) is injected with hemolymph, the circulatory fluid in arthropods, during a research study.

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image: Image of the Day: Ant Architects

Image of the Day: Ant Architects

By | July 24, 2014

Nomadic army ants (Eciton hamatum) build living nests and bridges with their bodies.

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image: Image of the Day: Inked-in Injury

Image of the Day: Inked-in Injury

By | July 24, 2014

Tattoos are made permanent by a long-lived immune reaction, as immune cells that rush to heal the needle's marks absorb pigment particles, and remain trapped under the skin.

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image: Image of the Day: Converging Neurons

Image of the Day: Converging Neurons

By | July 23, 2014

Sensory neurons (in red) and motor axons (in green) in a developing mouse embryo converge to form spinal nerves.

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