Chinese Bush Cricket (Gampsocleis gratiosa, Tettigoniidae)
A common Beijing practice, especially amongst the older set, is to keep crickets for their song. The Chinese Bush Cricket is a large vocal species which are kept in small cages and even carried around in pockets. I have kept a couple for several months during which time they provided superb picture opportunities. They do well on a diet of carrots and the occasional mealworm. Inevitably, it is easier to find these in a pet shop than in the wild.
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
See more Chinese grasshoppers and crickets on my Flickr site HERE…..
These Spiders Look Like They’re Covered In Mirrors
This isn’t a stained-glass sculpture or piece of delicate jewelry – it’s a real live spider. These spiders, called mirror or sequined spiders, are all members of several different species of the thwaitesia genus, which features spiders with reflective silvery patches on their abdomen.
The scales look like solid pieces of mirror glued to the spider’s back, but they can actually change size depending on how threatened the spider feels. The reflective scales are composed of reflective guanine, which these and other spiders use to give themselves color.
Not much information is available about these wonderful spiders, but the dazzling specimens in these photos were photographed primarily in Australia and Singapore.
Image credits: Nicky Bay
*draws figures wearing oven mitts so I don’t have to draw hands*
okay but at this summer art program I really did have a classmate who created this whole complex world for his comic and the culture of the main characters considered hands to be inappropriate parts of the body and everyone wore oven mitt like things to fulfill this extensively developed world he had created just so he wouldn’t have to draw hands