Friday, April 30, 2010
CFZ in springtime
Crypto stuff at Bristol Zoo: Butterfly goodeids
Crypto stuff at Bristol Zoo: Cassowaries
Crypto stuff at Bristol Zoo: Paddlefish
Crypto stuff at Bristol Zoo: Prairie Dog
Crypto stuff at Bristol Zoo: Asiatic Lion
Mystery cat in Texas
Jon in Reading
Corinna looks at out of place birds
New and Rediscovered: New British Mammal
New and Rediscovered: New species in Devon
New and Rediscovered: New species of Orca
Now don't get all excited - I know I was too.
I'm looking into the possibility of it being an escaped emu as there are a lot in this country now. I wish I had the funding to shoot down there and take a look but that's impossible. If it does turn out to be a chick this will be the first one seen in decades and may well prove a healthy breeding population of these birds DOES still exist.
Kindest of regards
Hubert Duprat is a French artist known for his unusual work, an artistic intersection between caddisfly larvae and gold, opal, turquoise, and other precious stones.
Caddisflies naturally construct elaborate protective tubes from materials found in their environment. Left to nature, the caddisflies use twigs, snail shells, bits of sand and small stones - objects found in their stream bed homes. The tubes serve various purposes - they use stones to increase traction in fast-moving streams, and spiky twigs make the tube (and thus, the fly larva) more difficult for predators to swallow.
Duprat, born in 1957, began his work with caddisfly larvae in the early 1980s. He collects the larvae from their normal environments and he takes them to his studio. There he gently removes their own natural cases and puts them in tanks filled with his own materials, from which they begin to build their new protective sheaths. When he began the project, he only provided the caddis larvae with gold flakes. Since then, the larvae have enjoyed various semi-precious and precious stones, including turquoise, coral and lapis lazuli, as well as sapphires, pearls, rubies, and diamonds.
EDITOR'S NOTE: I think these are utterly exquisite. As a boy, when I used to keep aquatic inverts in the shed which is now the CFZ Museum (nothing much changes), I carried out experiments using little bits of plastic waste, and fine sand, and marvelled how caddis larvae, once ejected from their original homes, would make intricate new ones surprisingly quickly. But to use precious stones and gold leaf is the work of genius.
On this day in 1954 Ray Parker Junior, the writer and performer of the theme song for the film Ghostbusters, was born.
(Yes, nothing very Fortean happened on this day so I have to scrape the barrel a bit).
And now, the news:
Wildlife TV 'ignores animal rights'
Kemerovo Region resident claims rescuing Yeti in spring flood
Gentle Jake is the world's tallest horse
Not the shortest, ‘neigh’, that was the horse story last week.