Credit: Howard Clark
This lone velvet ant (Dasymutilla sackenii) was scurrying across the arid soils of California’s Carrizo Plain when photographer Howard Clark spotted it. The
seemingly fuzzy creature is actually not an ant at all, but a wasp whose females are capable of administering excruciating stings. Its velvety tufts, which can
range from vivid shades of red and orange, to black, white, silver and gold, are a form of aposematism that warn predators to stay away.
Credit: Derek Hall Credit: John Hayes
A young mountain lion (Puma concolor) squeaks out a roar for the camera. Generally A southern masked weaver (Ploceus velatus) tends its nest in
elusive creatures, mountain lions have the biggest range of any large terrestrial Swaziland, Africa. Males build the intricate round nests, while
mammal in the Western Hemisphere. their mates line the interior with softer bits of grasses and leaves.
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