The Book of Hours, c.1500s.

A selection of wonderful little illustrations found in a  Fifteenth Century Book of Hours attributed to an artist of the Ghent-Bruges school and dating from the late 15th century.
In the pages without full borders the margins have been decorated with an array of different images depicting flowers, birds, jewellery, animals, household utensils and these superb rainbow-coloured ‘grotesques’.
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See more images via Rainbow coloured beasts from 15th century Book of Hours | The Public Domain Review.

The Art of Peter Mohrbacher.

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Above: The Behemoth is a beast mentioned in Job 40:15–24. Suggested identities range from a mythological creature to an elephant, hippopotamus, rhinoceros or crocodile.
Some creationists believe it to be a description of a sauropod due to its tail being described as like a cedar tree.
Metaphorically, the name has come to be used for any extremely large or powerful entity.
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Peter’s Deviant Art Website:
http://bit.ly/1jSfyTU

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Creatures who love the Dark.

From deep inside caves to the bottom of the ocean, wildlife photographer Danté Fenolio seeks out the creatures that don’t want to be found.

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The golden harlequin toad has vanished from the wild, and only a small number live on in captivity. A fungus caused them, and many other amphibians, to die out in their home in Central America.
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 A juvenile octopod captured in a trawl between 200 and 400m deep in the Gulf of Mexico.
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The Mexican palm-pit viper lives in elevated forests – though these habitats are diminishing.
See more Images via Shot in the dark: the animals who shun sunlight – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian

Diver meets huge Jellyfish off the coast of Cornwall.

A diver swims alongside an enormous jellyfish off the coast of Cornwall.
Wildlife biologist Lizzie Daly and fellow diver Dan Abbott encountered the barrel jellyfish during a week-long project documenting marine encounters off the coasts of the United Kingdom.
Image copyright Erin Scott / Reuters
Source: Week in pictures: 13-19 July 2019 – BBC News

Is it Ladybird or Ladybug?

800px-AnatisrathvoniThe ladybird beetle or ladybug, is a member of a cosmopolitan beetle family with over 4,000 species, including 350 species in the United States.
Ladybird beetles are mostly under 1/4 in. (6 mm) long and are nearly hemispherical in shape, with very short legs.
They are usually red or yellow with black spots, or black with red or yellow spots, the common species differing only in the number of spots.
They have a bitter taste, and their bright coloration is thought to serve as a warning to predators.
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The name is believed to date from the Middle Ages, when these beneficial beetles were dedicated to the Virgin.
Nearly all ladybird beetles, both larvae and adults, are predators on destructive, plant-eating insects.
The eggs are laid on plants infested with aphids or scale insects, on which the larvae feed until they pupate in the remains of the last larval skin.
The adults gather in large numbers in the fall, prior to winter hibernation, and are often collected at that time by farmers for use in pest control.
Harlequin-ladybird_2103541bThe first outstanding demonstration of pest control by use of natural enemies occurred in the United States in 1889, when Australian ladybird beetles ( Rhodolia cardinalis ) were imported to wipe out the cottony-cushion scale, an insect that had accidentally been imported from Australia to California and there became a threat to citrus orchards.
The Mexican bean beetle ( Epilachna varivestis ), which has spread through Eastern North America, and the squash beetle ( E. borealis ) are the only North American ladybird beetles considered destructive.
They are yellowish with black spots; adults and larvae feed on plants.
Ladybird beetles are classified in the phylum Arthropoda, class Insecta, order Coleoptera, family Coccinellidae.