I was on a hike near Whistler in south western British Columbia, where I was about to brush what I thought was a fir needle. It was slowly moving across my hand. Is this a type of stick insect or assassin bug? I did notice a possible straight proboscis (about one fifth body length) on the underside.
It moved quite slowly for a predatory insect … ~4mm per second. I didn’t want to aggravate it too much and put it down on some fir needle-covered moss. Peter
My preschool class, 4 & 5 year olds, and I were watching this video about creatures living under the sea in Hawaii. At about 56 seconds, there is a yellow creature floating around and we don’t know what it is. Can you help us? Mary
Warning: Viewers might want to mute or turn down sound. The video is accompanied by music.
This is such a cool video. It’s called Becoming, and it’s by Jan van Ijken. If you have six minutes to watch something amazing, you’ll see a timelapse video of a salamander egg (alpine newt – Ichthyosaura alpestris) turning into hatchling tadpole. If you only have two minutes, watch the first minute and the middle from about 3:30 to 4:30 because that’s when it first starts to really look like a salamander and it begins to move.
This egg was found in my cousins yard and we have no idea what it is or where it came from. There wasn’t a nest that we could find. This photo is of my cousin’s husband holding it and he’s not a small guy. The egg was a good bit bigger than a softball. We live in Alabama where there are lots of creeks and the Tombigbee River is maybe 8 miles or so from their place. My cousin’s dog got a hold of the egg and when it did there was yellowish green slime in it. It stunk very bad so no doubt it was a rotten egg of some sort. We would really like to know what could have laid such a big egg and so near to their home. Especially with all of us having small children that run around the property. Shalisha
Hello – we have one Pilgrim goose that appears to be nesting. The only other geese that are around are Canada geese. We also have mallards and one Pekin duck. Could any of them fertilize her eggs? Thank you – Lori (East-central Pennsylvania)