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Show offs of the natural world: Vibrant colours and striking looks of some of the planet's most colourful animals

Shiny: This gold-coloured Jewel Beetle is certainly eye-catching

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"Bug Off" in a Mason Jar! Add floating candles, citronella oil, mint, lemon, lime, & rosemary. Perfect to keep the bugs away for a backyard party. - tomorrows adventures

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It's enorm-moth! This newly-emerged atlas moth shows off its huge 30cm wingspan

Atlas Moth is the largest moth species (wing span of 30cm) in the world. Most commonly found in Southeast Asia, the moth is so named because its wing patterns are said to resemble maps. The moth's wing tips also appear to resemble a snake's head, which may be a tactic to scare off predators. Despite its grandeur, it will only live about a week. by Amy Oliver, dailymail.co.uk. #Atlas_Moth

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Insect riding a bike into sunset

Katydid - in French (This image was captured by Eco Suparman student in Borneo, Indonesia, and amateur photography. The picture was taken in macro in the village cemetery of Ambawang along the river of the same name.)

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Muslin Moth, Diaphora mendica http://www.suffolkmoths.org.uk/cgi-bin/mos/account.cgi?code=2063

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Sherlock and Sherrinford Holmes - The Lying Detective

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Environment

The tip of the Atlas moth's wing is camouflaged to resemble the head of the distinctive cobra snake. When disturbed, the Atlas moth falls to the ground and writhes about to complete the illusion.

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In the ‘It’s Only Natural’ wildlife garden a curved wooden bench doubled up as a log habitat for insects. If you are handy you could make it yourself.

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Sixty new species found in Suriname – in pictures

Amazing! Credit: Trond Larsen/Conservation International Many planthopper species exude waxy secretions from the abdomen, and these sometimes form long strands, such as can be seen here. The long waxy strands may provide protection from predators - fooling them into attacking the wrong part of the insect. The wax breaks off while the insect jumps to safety. The juvenile planthopper in this photo is only about 5mm long, and was exceedingly difficult to photograph!

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