Thin section of bamboo (10x) (2000 - Ron Sturm)
(submission from sbutterworth)
edit from ohscience: Nat Geo says: “Coral polyps can reproduce asexually, forming cloned buds that separate from the “parent.” They can also release sperm and eggs into the ocean. Fertilized eggs develop into larva, which float off to start a new colony.”
Near Elbesandsteingebirge, Germany - by me
(submission from dennisswrdls)
(picture by and submission from they-said-a-storm-was-coming)
The submitted photo is just one of mine from my recent trip.
(submission from sciencingsara)
edit from jo: thanks for the other link (and your submission)! The other photo didn’t work, but I’ll be posting some from that link soon. Thanks again!
Philippine Tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) at the Philippine Tarsier Foundation Sanctuary, Bohol, Philippines
Photo (edit: and submission) by mad-as-a-marine-biologist
Old Man of the Mountain (flower), I took this picture on a mountainside overlooking the Goose Lakes near Creede, Colorado.
(submission from srnwbr)
Terraced Rice Field - Yunnan, China
This photo illustrates a current situation in Prague, Czech Republic. What you see there is smog, which we haven’t seen here in quite a few years, so it took us completely by surprise. When I was taking this photo, the sun shone like crazy through the fog, but it turned out that it was just a wish made by mind completely unaccustomed to such a situation. While we all know that this is a kind of a big problem, I can’t help myself but to find this strange beautiful.
(submission from lovingthealiens)
My own photo.
Original submission can be found in my gallery here.
(submission from thephantomdragon)
Tree branches during Winter of 2010-2011 in Eastern Tennessee.
(Photo taken by Theresa Cox.)
(submission from beardycoxmilkshakeman)
These are leaf-footed bugs (Coreidae) on a passionflower (Passiflora) in the Panamanian jungle in Bocas del Toro. This vine was winding around an outdoor staircase where I was staying for a while, and I saw these bugs on there all the time.
A lot of passionflowers, this species included, have extrafloral (outside-the-flower) nectaries—little spots on the stems that secrete nectar—to attract ants, which eat the nectar and then defend their delicious food source against other insects. But this passionflower was attracting all these bugs and no ants. The bugs were going after the extrafloral nectaries, and the floral nectaries too, as this photo shows. Could they be pollinators? No, the owner of this plant had to hand-pollinate it with his other vines because pollinators weren’t coming. So what was the deal with this plant? It was attracting enemies and not making any friends! Its owner told me that it’s not native to Panama, so I suspect that it’s just not matched up correctly with the local pollinators and defensive ants, for whatever reason.
Photo credit: me.
(submission from wandering-nature)
A stalk of the newfound fungus species Ophiocordyceps camponoti-balzani, grows out of a “zombie” ant’s head in a Brazilian rain forest.
edit: wow, that’s fascinating.
View from Purchase Knob Biology Research Facility in Smokey Mountains National Park in North Carolina, USA.
(Photo by beardycoxmilkshakeman AKA Thomas M. Cox)