Dragonflies were some of the first winged insects to evolve, some 300 million years ago. modern dragonflies have wingspans of only two to five inches, but fossil dragonflies have been found with wingspans of up to two feet. there are more than 5,000 known species of dragonflies, all of which (along with damselflies) belong to the order odonata, which means “toothed one” in greek and refers to the dragonfly’s serrated teeth.
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Big ivy has important botanical, zoological, geologic, scenic, and recreational resources. it’s unique attributes are currently under represented across the pisgah – nantahala. wilderness and backcountry designations for big ivy would protect the unique attributes intrinsic to the area. #dontcutbigivy
The largest iceberg in recorded history. this is a part of b-15 (called b-15-y) which broke away from the ross ice shelf in march 2000. the name b15 was given to this iceberg to represent the quadrant of the antarctic continent that it broke away from. at its largest the iceberg had a surface area of 11,000 square km- which is bigger than jamaica! over the last 18 years the berg was tracked moving anticlockwise around the antarctic continent until it reached the weddell sea and then began drifting north. not much of the original b-15 remains but parts of it can still be found around the antarctic continent!
thanks @jdubcaptures for this awesome photo!
The cape radd research team had a few extra helpers on our macro invertebrate random quadrat survey at partridge point. these playful sea dogs always make the dives fun. visibility was top banana and we collected some good data!