rhamphotheca:

The Velvet Worms (phylum Onychophora)
by Leo Shapiro
The phylum Onychophora includes around 110 described species (and likely a similar number undescribed) of caterpillar-like relatives of arthropods (disputed), found in the trpical and subtropical regions of the world, as well as the temperate regions of Australia and New Zealand. The first description of a living onychophoran was in 1826 (misinterpreted as a leg-bearing “slug”, a mollusc).
All living species are terrestrial, but a number of marine species are known from the fossil record going back to the Early Cambrian over 500 million years ago. Living Onychophora are found in humid habitats, stashing themselves away in burrows or other retreats and becoming inactive during dry periods. During wet periods, they can be found sifting through leaf litter.
One particularly unusual aspect of onychophoran behavior is their method of prey capture, which involves shooting twin streams of a rapidly hardening adhesive slime up to 30 cm to entangle their prey, as can be seen here. (Brusca and Brusca 2003) With the exception of just a few species, onychophorans have not been well studied and the New World fauna is especially poorly known (Read 1988)…
(read more: Encyclopedia of Life)
images: Andras Keszei; urosphena; Bruno Vellutini; Stanley Kemp and Sonia Martinez; and Geoff Gallice
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rhamphotheca:

The Velvet Worms (phylum Onychophora)
by Leo Shapiro
The phylum Onychophora includes around 110 described species (and likely a similar number undescribed) of caterpillar-like relatives of arthropods (disputed), found in the trpical and subtropical regions of the world, as well as the temperate regions of Australia and New Zealand. The first description of a living onychophoran was in 1826 (misinterpreted as a leg-bearing “slug”, a mollusc).
All living species are terrestrial, but a number of marine species are known from the fossil record going back to the Early Cambrian over 500 million years ago. Living Onychophora are found in humid habitats, stashing themselves away in burrows or other retreats and becoming inactive during dry periods. During wet periods, they can be found sifting through leaf litter.
One particularly unusual aspect of onychophoran behavior is their method of prey capture, which involves shooting twin streams of a rapidly hardening adhesive slime up to 30 cm to entangle their prey, as can be seen here. (Brusca and Brusca 2003) With the exception of just a few species, onychophorans have not been well studied and the New World fauna is especially poorly known (Read 1988)…
(read more: Encyclopedia of Life)
images: Andras Keszei; urosphena; Bruno Vellutini; Stanley Kemp and Sonia Martinez; and Geoff Gallice
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rhamphotheca:

The Velvet Worms (phylum Onychophora)
by Leo Shapiro
The phylum Onychophora includes around 110 described species (and likely a similar number undescribed) of caterpillar-like relatives of arthropods (disputed), found in the trpical and subtropical regions of the world, as well as the temperate regions of Australia and New Zealand. The first description of a living onychophoran was in 1826 (misinterpreted as a leg-bearing “slug”, a mollusc).
All living species are terrestrial, but a number of marine species are known from the fossil record going back to the Early Cambrian over 500 million years ago. Living Onychophora are found in humid habitats, stashing themselves away in burrows or other retreats and becoming inactive during dry periods. During wet periods, they can be found sifting through leaf litter.
One particularly unusual aspect of onychophoran behavior is their method of prey capture, which involves shooting twin streams of a rapidly hardening adhesive slime up to 30 cm to entangle their prey, as can be seen here. (Brusca and Brusca 2003) With the exception of just a few species, onychophorans have not been well studied and the New World fauna is especially poorly known (Read 1988)…
(read more: Encyclopedia of Life)
images: Andras Keszei; urosphena; Bruno Vellutini; Stanley Kemp and Sonia Martinez; and Geoff Gallice
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rhamphotheca:

The Velvet Worms (phylum Onychophora)
by Leo Shapiro
The phylum Onychophora includes around 110 described species (and likely a similar number undescribed) of caterpillar-like relatives of arthropods (disputed), found in the trpical and subtropical regions of the world, as well as the temperate regions of Australia and New Zealand. The first description of a living onychophoran was in 1826 (misinterpreted as a leg-bearing “slug”, a mollusc).
All living species are terrestrial, but a number of marine species are known from the fossil record going back to the Early Cambrian over 500 million years ago. Living Onychophora are found in humid habitats, stashing themselves away in burrows or other retreats and becoming inactive during dry periods. During wet periods, they can be found sifting through leaf litter.
One particularly unusual aspect of onychophoran behavior is their method of prey capture, which involves shooting twin streams of a rapidly hardening adhesive slime up to 30 cm to entangle their prey, as can be seen here. (Brusca and Brusca 2003) With the exception of just a few species, onychophorans have not been well studied and the New World fauna is especially poorly known (Read 1988)…
(read more: Encyclopedia of Life)
images: Andras Keszei; urosphena; Bruno Vellutini; Stanley Kemp and Sonia Martinez; and Geoff Gallice
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rhamphotheca:

The Velvet Worms (phylum Onychophora)
by Leo Shapiro
The phylum Onychophora includes around 110 described species (and likely a similar number undescribed) of caterpillar-like relatives of arthropods (disputed), found in the trpical and subtropical regions of the world, as well as the temperate regions of Australia and New Zealand. The first description of a living onychophoran was in 1826 (misinterpreted as a leg-bearing “slug”, a mollusc).
All living species are terrestrial, but a number of marine species are known from the fossil record going back to the Early Cambrian over 500 million years ago. Living Onychophora are found in humid habitats, stashing themselves away in burrows or other retreats and becoming inactive during dry periods. During wet periods, they can be found sifting through leaf litter.
One particularly unusual aspect of onychophoran behavior is their method of prey capture, which involves shooting twin streams of a rapidly hardening adhesive slime up to 30 cm to entangle their prey, as can be seen here. (Brusca and Brusca 2003) With the exception of just a few species, onychophorans have not been well studied and the New World fauna is especially poorly known (Read 1988)…
(read more: Encyclopedia of Life)
images: Andras Keszei; urosphena; Bruno Vellutini; Stanley Kemp and Sonia Martinez; and Geoff Gallice
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rhamphotheca:

The Velvet Worms (phylum Onychophora)

by Leo Shapiro

The phylum Onychophora includes around 110 described species (and likely a similar number undescribed) of caterpillar-like relatives of arthropods (disputed), found in the trpical and subtropical regions of the world, as well as the temperate regions of Australia and New Zealand. The first description of a living onychophoran was in 1826 (misinterpreted as a leg-bearing “slug”, a mollusc).

All living species are terrestrial, but a number of marine species are known from the fossil record going back to the Early Cambrian over 500 million years ago. Living Onychophora are found in humid habitats, stashing themselves away in burrows or other retreats and becoming inactive during dry periods. During wet periods, they can be found sifting through leaf litter.

One particularly unusual aspect of onychophoran behavior is their method of prey capture, which involves shooting twin streams of a rapidly hardening adhesive slime up to 30 cm to entangle their prey, as can be seen here. (Brusca and Brusca 2003) With the exception of just a few species, onychophorans have not been well studied and the New World fauna is especially poorly known (Read 1988)…

(read more: Encyclopedia of Life)

images: Andras Keszei; urosphena; Bruno Vellutini; Stanley Kemp and Sonia Martinez; and Geoff Gallice

My honey I know

That’s a line from one of my favourite songs, Tonight you belong to me by the Dudley Brothers.

Last night was cool, I went out to bars and ate so much food and drank bloody marys like an old woman. It was sweeeeet.

I danced to electro music & when we walked in the club I felt like I was leading a pride of lions in. It was probably the favourite night I’ve had recently. Until one of my mates started being a dick.

I can’t sleep now because I just chilled all day. I wish people were awake to talk to.

I also wish I didn’t have to go into work tomorrow….because its a waste of time. In this new job I get paid to do nothing. I just play Castle Clash at my desk all day while I listen to music.

Something mega weird just happened…..I was trying to learn how to do this loom band & then I was like “whoah I’m gonna be in trouble for being up this late making loom bands” then I realised I was a 25 year old that lives in her own flat….and doesn’t have a bedtime.

Something mega weird just happened…..I was trying to learn how to do this loom band & then I was like “whoah I’m gonna be in trouble for being up this late making loom bands” then I realised I was a 25 year old that lives in her own flat….and doesn’t have a bedtime.

Today I woke up, drank green tea. Had a bath….for like 2 hours. Started watching The L Word. Sent surprise flowers & champagne to my sister with a good luck note for her race tomorrow. Watched more The L Word. Ordered pizza. Tried to watch The Hobbit, but it was too serious. So I watched Girl Most Likely To. Had a coke float with Ben & Jerry’s in it. And now I’m playing 2048 like my life depends on it. 

I’m good at wallowing.

I avoided contact with nearly all humans today - apart from the pizza lady.

I hope to continue this tomorrow by walking up to the canal & falling asleep in the sun beside it.

Today I woke up, drank green tea. Had a bath….for like 2 hours. Started watching The L Word. Sent surprise flowers & champagne to my sister with a good luck note for her race tomorrow. Watched more The L Word. Ordered pizza. Tried to watch The Hobbit, but it was too serious. So I watched Girl Most Likely To. Had a coke float with Ben & Jerry’s in it. And now I’m playing 2048 like my life depends on it.

I’m good at wallowing.

I avoided contact with nearly all humans today - apart from the pizza lady.

I hope to continue this tomorrow by walking up to the canal & falling asleep in the sun beside it.

and i knew it was bad
when i woke up in the mornings
and the only thing i looked
forward to was going
back to bed

poems from my uncle’s grave (via bl-ossomed)