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Category Archives: A-Z Challenge 2013

The End has come…

. This is Lola, with the first buttercup of the year today in the field behind our house. While the A-Z Challenge has been on, we have been on an hour walk a day. Today, Lola got an hour and a half, and she is very happy that the END has come. I’m not! I …

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Z is for Zoe Waterfall Damselfly

. Ah! The very last entry in this years A-Z blog Challenge. The Zoe Waterfall damselfly is endemic to north-east Mexico. It is exceptionally beautiful with long clear wings that have black tips with a blue stripe. Although occasionally some of them have entirely black wings. As adults they are voracious predators on flying insects, …

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Y is for Yap Flying Fox

Image by patrik@patrik.com on the ARKive website, to visit site click here. . Yap flying foxes are red-furred bats with pointed faces and large, bright, intelligent eyes. They live on 4 small adjoining islands of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia. They inhabit mangroves, forests and agroforests. Agroforests are managed forests planted with trees, …

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X is for Xenopus Frog

. . Xenopus longipes,┬áthe Lake Oku clawed frog, lives in western Cameroon, high on the extinct volcano Mount Oku, in one lake that is held in an old volcano vent. It is surrounded by montane forest. The local people hold the lake sacred, which is lucky for the frogs, as the introduction of fish, always …

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W is for Wolf

Taken by Spencer77 on Flikr, permission granted, link to his photos here. . Maned wolves look like foxes with foal legs – and they are not wolves at all. They are related more closely to an ancient dog ancestor which also gave rise to types of South American foxes. Their legs look out of proportion …

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V is for Vitelline Warbler

Image taken by Michael Gore on ARKive, to go to site press here. . Vitelline warblers live only on the Caymen Islands, in woodland and scrub. Exceptionally beautiful, they look like little splinters of sun singing in the trees, with a characteristic tsu tsu tsu tsu tsooooo sound. They eat insects they find in the …

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U is for Unexpected Cotton Rat

. The Unexpected Cotton Rat Lament . I am a cotton rat, and like a common rat I am yellow-toothed and fat – my good points are neglected, when crops are nibbled I’m suspected, it’s no joke the persecution to which we’re all subjected, there’s not a lot that’s unexpected about that. . I am …

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T is for Tiger

I have posted this picture before – but not the blog. . Sumatran tigers are critically endangered. They live in the same forests as Sumatran orangutans, also critically endangered. 80% of the forests they live in have been cut down. There are only 400 of these tigers left. They are particularly interesting as they have …

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S is for Spider monkey

Spider Monkey, taken by Michael Schamis, under creative common license here. . Spider Monkey (Written for Bristol Zoo 21013, up in the monkey house) . Said spider monkey to the fly, I love to leap from branch to sky, . and stop to look and hook my tail upon a branch along my trail . …

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R for Rat

Naked Mole Rat . Yes, we’re BALD, Butt naked, and BARE. . We have no clothes, we have no hair, and we don’t care. . We’re NUDE. Not a stitch. In the BUFF. . To be honest, love, we just can’t get STARKERS enough. . EXPOSED, IN THE RAW, and WRINKLY. . In the absolute …

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