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Acanthoscurria geniculata

Acanthoscurria geniculata

This is called the Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tree Spider (Poecilotheria metallica) and even its name is all fancy. They're insanely rare, too, only being found in a single location which is severely fragmented. The extent of occurrence is less than 100 km2. Habitat: Southeastern India and Sri Lanka Status: Critically Endangered

˚Carmine Bee-eater (Merops nubicus)

Achrioptera fallax by Tommaso Renzi: A stick insect found in Madagascar. Males have reduced wings (as in the photo) and are incapable of flight. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achrioptera_fallax #Insects #Stick_Insect

Zygaena Punctum, taken in Sicily, IT

Graphosoma lineatum by orestART: Also known as the Italian Striped-Bug (It really does have stripes on its back!) or the Minstrel Bug, this is a species of shield bug commonly found in Europe, North Africa and the Near East. #Shield_Bug

Hickory Horned Devil Caterpillar by heysharon, Maryland: Yikes! Larval form of the Regal Moth. (Harmless)

Tufted Coquette (Lophornis ornatus) by Michel Giraud-Audine: This tiny hummingbird which breeds in parats of Venezuela, Trinidad and Brazil is 6.6cm long and weighs 2.3 g and is said to be tame and approachable. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tufted_Coquette #Hummingbird #Tufted_Coquette