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Christmas in Quebec... ❄️ | Photography by © Emmanuel Coveney (@manucoveney) #earthofficial
Gudbrandsdalen, Norway ❄ | Photography by © (@jappern) #earthofficial
Swimming at Glen Canyon, #Utah, U.S. 🇺🇸 | Photo by © Quin Schrock (@everchanginghorizon) w/ @jess.wandering #earthofficial
The very famous St. Johann church, Santa Maddalena, Italy 🇮🇹 | Photography by © Stian Klo (@stianmklo) #earthofficial
Red Beach, Panjin, China 🇨🇳 | Photography by © Jonas Hornehøj (@thefreedomcomplex) #earthofficial
Exploring the Australia’s desert 🦎 | Photography by © (@sabowden) #earthofficial #molochhorridus #centralaustralia #desertwildlife #reptilesofaustralia #reptilesofinstagram #thornydevil
THE THORNY DEVIL (Moloch horridus) is also known as the thorny dragon or the mountain devil. It’s a small (up to 8 inches in length), spiky lizard native to Australia. They live in the arid scrubland and desert of the interior of the continent. Thorny devils are the only species in the genus Moloch, and they can live between six and 20 years.
1. They are named after a human sacrifice god. The thorny devil’s scientific name, Moloch horridus, was inspired by John Milton’s poem “Paradise Lost.” In the poem, Milton describes the Caananite god Moloch as a horrible king smeared with the blood of human sacrifice. The Latin word horridus can mean rough or bristly, or dreadful.
2. They specialize in eating ants. Thorny devils are what’s known as obligate myrmecophages: they eat only ants. They can consume thousands of small, black ants a day. Thorny devils are “sit-and-wait” predators who find a feeding site near ant trails and wait for their prey to pass right in front of them. They use their sticky tongues to capture the ants. Their teeth are modified to deal with the hard, chitinous bodies of their prey, with the mandibular teeth fitting neatly between two maxillary teeth to create a shearing tool in their mouths.
This series of images was captured in a 10-second window on the 31st, December 2016 near Sant Pere Pescador in Catalonia, Spain. For years I have observed huge flocks of starlings on the Costa Brava. It took me several days to scout out the location where the starlings gather at sunset to roost. I shot thousands of pictures and had the great luck to capture the moment that the murmuration took on the shape of a large flying bird - no retouches necessary! The shape then dissipated, and the birds began to reshape ending up as another impressive bird shape. | Photography by © Daniel Biber #earthofficial
Winter Wonderland in #Finland. 🇫🇮 |
Video by © @flatlight_creative #earthofficial
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