Maggie Koerth-Baker at 10:35 am Mon, Sep 26, 2011
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This amazing photo, by Cambridge biological sciences professor John H. Brackenbury, is a highly-commended runner up in the British Wildlife Photography Awards.
Via Alex Wild, who thinks Brackenbury was robbed of first place. Can't say I disagree.
LOOK OUT, IT’S BIGGER THAN THE SUN!
That’s beautiful . . . and slightly disturbing.
Isn’t this the organization that gave the top spot to a photo of a rented wolf last year?
No, that was The Natural History Museum’s ‘wildlife photographer of the year’.
I’m assuming it’s not really related to a scorpion, but rather is a wasp
with morphological similarity in the stinger… I hope.
No, it’s not really a scorpion, nor is it a wasp, nor is it a (true) fly, nor is that a stinger. It’s a huge penis.
“Spider and I, sit watching the sky, in our world without sound. . . . “
Here’s a drawing I did of a similar spider about 20 years ago.
The first place and second place winners don’t have nearly the range of emotional depth that the spider picture has. Clearly the judges are smokin dope.
Araneus quadratus for the win! I mean for the Honorable Mention!
I agree, this should have won first place. I’m a big fan of the orb weavers in general.
I just checked to site to see what won.
I think I know why.
“Scorpion Fly On A Leaf.”
HOLY MOTHER OF GOD THERE ARE FLYING SCORPIONS.
There used to be spiderflies too but they kept catching themselves.
scorpion flies are so yesterneutrino.
HOLY MOTHER OF GOD THERE ARE FLYING SCORPIONS
Would you accept a solfugid? They eat scorpions. They even chase down small birds and eat them.
That’s pretty creepy looking, and a spider that preys on birds is formidable, but a winged scorpion… that belongs in the jungles of Barsoom, not the meadows of Britain!
I’m assuming it’s not really related to a scorpion, but rather is a wasp with morphological similarity in the stinger… I hope.
An amazing photo, which at first glance looks like bad photoshop…
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