AboutArt blogNature blogFlickrMy postsNext pageArchive


"Never let the fear of striking out get in your way."
- George Herman “Babe” Ruth

Ebola Virus | NIAID


These psychedelic creatures are jewel beetles, belonging to the family Buprestidae, order Coleoptera. Their color is similar to that of a reflecting CD because light reflects in many directions off of the texture in their cuticle. Their iridescence comes from their cuticle, not from the pigments in their exoskeleton as you might think.

Unfortunately, their metallic beauty is an interest to jewelers, who use their wings to make jewelry. Animal cruelty… Unkind. On a more positive note, scientists have also recently discovered that they can detect forest fire flames up to 50 miles away! It uses tiny pits on its underside to pick up infrared radiation from the flames of a fire. As of now, only this beetle and some species of snakes are known to have this capability.


Dragonflies belong to the scientific family Odonata, which means “toothed one” in Greek. As larvae, they’ll eat just about anything, and thankfully for us they snack on mosquitoes! They’re also expert fliers, considering they only eat their prey in the air. They are even known to mate in the air. That’s some extreme multitasking! Dragonflies also have incredible vision, with eyes that have about 30,000 lenses and encompass almost every angle except right behind them. When oxygen levels on Earth were way higher during dinosaur times, dragonflies grew to monstrous sizes with wingspans of up to 2 feet. What a complex and beautiful small creature!

Please come again soon. SecondU has packages for every budget. Stop living and start simulating today!