You’ll be glad to know that Flik from @pixar Its a Bugs Life is still doing well in his retirement.. 🐜😂 Only joking...this is a Violet Oil Beetle I found at an @essexwildlifetrust the other day! Look at that colour 😍 Oil beetles have been identified as priorities for conservation action through the UK Biodiversity Action Plan - meaning urgent work needs to be done to conserve them and their habitats. Oil beetles have an intimate relationship with solitary bees and are therefore dependant on the health and diversity of wild bees. The ideal habitat for oil beetles is wildflower rich grassland and heathland! Violet oil beetles have a striking appearance despite their underlying black coloration, as light is refracted off of them to give them a purple, blue or green sheen!
It is been a while since I posted my last picture cause I realised that university needs a bit more of my time. Yesterday I couldn't resist the good weather so I did a bike trip (80km) to search rare plants. When I was searching I found this little cute duckling on a wonderful waterreflection.
Eastern small-footed bat (Myotis leibii) about to take a drink in eastern Kentucky. This is Kentucky's smallest bat and weighs less than a quarter. They are quite rare on the whole but can be locally common in areas with extensive clifflines and boulder talus. Photo taken with the assistance of James Kiser and Zach Couch.
There's a famous quip about Utah I learned from a colleague sometime back, which goes something like this: You know you are from Utah when 'toward the mountains' and 'away from mountains' are legit directions! Perhaps, I'll leave that to Utah born-and-bred, to respond to (if you know any, tag them in the post)! Monument Valley is one of the most iconic landscapes in the United States. Comprising sandstone buttes, colossal mesas, and panoramic vistas- Monument Valley is situated on the Utah-Arizona border. It is not officially a National Park as it sits within the Navajo Nation Reservation. Most of the area that is visited by tourists is, in fact, part of the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Until the 1930’s, Monument Valley was an obscure, seldom visited location. The only ones who really aware of the beauty of this place were the Navajo Indians who lived on the land. It wasn’t until John Ford featured this landscape in his well-known films (including Stagecoach and Rio Grande) that Monument Valley started gaining popularity. Amongst all the scenic scapes of the valley, Mitchell Butte is one of the lesser famous butte (small, isolated hill with steep, often vertical sides and a small, relatively flat top) located in the Arizona state region of the Valley. . Created by @mahak.agrawal Imagery @google . #monumentvalley#unitedstates#nature#earth