27 year old Zoology BSc graduate, fixed-term zoo keeper at Woburn Safari Park, general animal fanatic and massive geek. I've worked in the Arachnida & Myriapoda department of the NHM in London and been to Madagascar to do some conservation work. Here you will find: Zoology, animals, nature, science, anatomy, facts, funny things, geeky stuff, running, cycling, positive thinking, more zoology, and a lot of my boyfriend, James! Welcome and enjoy!!



The Waterphone. A weird instrument that’s responsible for most of those creepy, eerie sounds you hear in horror movies.

I want one. I’ve been trying to find out what it was called for years. Only ever seen one when Tom Waits played it in Mystery Men.


Turns out that dragons are real and they come from South Africa (Latin name ‘Smaug gigantaeus’)

Cordylus giganteus :)


Turns out that dragons are real and they come from South Africa (Latin name ‘Smaug gigantaeus’)

Cordylus giganteus :)

Definitely my James’ spirit animal…Casper drooled on my head after I took these, just like being at home with my own lanky man.

Reading Hackspace

My good buddy Ryan started up a hackspace in Reading. Its really taking off now which means more people are getting into fixing things and learning how stuff works rather than throwing stuff away and buying a new one.

Awesome little vid for an awesome place!!


#insecta #insects #zoology #butterfly #museum #ornithoptera #arthropoda #lepidoptera #specimen #vscocam #RookieApp by shiyin_13 http://ift.tt/1AMM9wD


#insecta #insects #zoology #butterfly #museum #ornithoptera #arthropoda #lepidoptera #specimen #vscocam #RookieApp by shiyin_13 http://ift.tt/1AMM9wD


The Golden silk orb weaver (Nephila clavipes) is one of the few spider species that has been observed to catch birds and once, even a snake. Note that this is highly unusual and this spider poses no threat to humans, and is actually beneficial for gardens as it keeps fruit flies away.

The Nephila genus is the oldest surviving genus of spiders, having been around for at least 165 million years. The oldest species was the, now extinct, N. jurassica with a leg-span of half a foot (1.5 dm).

Their silk is also used in neuronal regeneration. A thread of silk from the N. clavipes can lead a severed neuron through the body to the site from which it was severed. It is not recognized by the immune system and is therefore not rejected.

Classification: Animalia - Arthropoda - Arachnida - Araneae - Nephila

Image credits: 1, 2


Acacia leaf beetle - Calomela parilis

This colorful beetle is scientifically named Calomela parilis (Coleoptera - Chrysomelidae), an Australian species of green leaf beetle with pitted metallic elytra. This species is most often found on Black Wattle (Acacia mearnsii).

Photo credit: ©Matin L. | Locality: Mt. Lofty, Victoria, Australia (2014)


Some beautiful examples of the California Red Sided Garter Snake  (Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis).


3D Camo

Those things growing out of this giant Australian cuttlefish (Sepia apama) are its skin papillae. It can extend and retract its papillae at will, helping it alter its texture to better blend in with its surroundings.

Both papillae expression and color change are controlled by visual, not tactile, cues. This means that these guys don’t need to actually touch anything to decide on their camouflage strategy.

Just by looking, they are clever enough to decide what sort of color, pattern, and texture is needed to virtually disappear. 

video source: Roger Hanlon on Youtube

reference: Allen et al. 2009.

                 Hanlon. 2007.


Meet the crabeater seal (Lobodon carcinophaga). It’s a charming specialized predator that lives on the coasts of Antarctica. It feeds almost exclusively on krill (90% of their diet) and sometimes cephalopods and antarctic fish.

Technique: The seal gobbles mouthfuls of krill and water drains through the spaces created by its teeth.

Crabeaters have little food competition, but as pups they are heavily preyed upon by leopard seals.

If you love the crabeater mug go here for a short story told by the person who photographed it.

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