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The Common Mudpuppy Necturus maculosus
2014-01-28 09:30:07

The Common mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus) is a species of salamander. A member of the Proteidae family, this aquatic amphibian is native to eastern North America. The Common mudpuppy can be found in lakes, rivers and ponds. During the daytime the mudpuppy will bury itself under rocks and logs. The salamander often only becomes active at night when it leaves cover to feed. Orange-brown/rust...

Dark Sprite Pseudagrion hamoni
2014-01-22 12:05:06

The dark sprite (Pseudagrion hamoni), also known as the maroon sprite, drab sprite, or Hamon's sprite, is a species of damselfly that can be found in Africa. Its range includes Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, and South Africa, among many other areas. It prefers to reside in bushlands and savannahs near rivers, streams, wadis, and...

Western Demoiselle Calopteryx xanthostoma
2014-01-22 11:52:55

The western demoiselle (Calopteryx xanthostoma), also known as the yellow-tailed demoiselle, is a species of damselfly that can be found in southwestern areas of Europe. Its range includes the Iberian Peninsula and France. It prefers to reside near fast flowing waters in open or slightly shaded areas, but can also be found near slow moving larger bodies of water like lowland rivers. It is...

Mokele-mbembe
2014-01-22 09:23:01

Mokele-mbembe is a legendary creature said to inhabit the Congo river Basin, mainly in Lake Tele. It likes the deep water and according to folklore, it haunts river bends. Its name means “one who stops the flow of rivers”, and depending on the story, it has been described as a live creature or a spirit. According to some, it has been portrayed as a sauropod, similar to the well known...

Clear-winged Forest Glory Vestalis gracilis
2014-01-21 11:13:43

The clear-winged forest glory (Vestalis gracilis) is a species of damselfly that can be found in the Orient. Its range includes Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Viet Nam, among other areas. It prefers to reside in hilly regions with some tree cover near streams, but it can also be found in lands used for agriculture. This species varies in size and color depending upon the sex, with...

Springwater Dancer Argia plana
2014-01-21 11:09:12

The springwater dancer (Argia plana) is a species of damselfly that can be found in Guatemala, Mexico, and the United States. Its range includes Arizona, Kansas, and Texas.  This species prefers to reside near shallow springs, as its common name suggests, and is often found in woodlands. Males are typically blue in color with a black stripe extending along the sides of the thorax, while...

Powdered Dancer Argia moesta
2014-01-21 10:47:58

The powdered dancer (Argia moesta) is a species of damselfly that can be found in North America. Its range includes nine states in Mexico, including Jalisco and Baja California, four provinces of Canada, including Nova Scotia and Ontario, and forty-one states in America, including Maryland, New York, and Texas. This species is typically found in wooded areas near streams, rivers, and lakes. It...

Bi-colored Damsel Ceriagrion cerinorubellum
2014-01-21 10:32:29

The bi-colored damsel (Ceriagrion cerinorubellum), also known as the orange-tailed marsh dart, is a species of damselfly that can be found in many areas including Bangladesh, China, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, among other areas. This species resides near many water sources including streams, ponds, canals, and drains. It is active between the months of October and...

Ocala National Forest
2014-01-20 10:22:39

Ocala National Forest is a United States national forest that is located in the state of Florida. This forest, established in 1908, encompasses 430,447 acres and is the oldest national forest east of the Mississippi River. It holds four designated wilderness areas including Billies Bay Wilderness and Juniper Prairie Wilderness. This forest receives millions of visitors each year, more than any...

Aswang
2014-01-20 10:15:00

The aswang is a creature from Philippine folklore and is featured in many myths and stories of that culture. Other names for the aswang are, tik-tik, wak-wak, bal-bal, and sok-sok. It was also the most feared of the mythical creatures dating back to the sixteenth century. The aswang is described as a combination of a vampire and a werewolf with bloodshot eyes. However, no definite...

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.