Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Little Better


Every interesting natural history photograph has something special. Sparkling sharpness.  Detail.  Rarely seen lifestyle activity
  New information about wild things. Something "special".

Here are some stock pictures you might find interesting - not to mention certain images difficult or impossible to find elsewhere.



Surprise!  An Ichneuman Wasp, (Troisis pennator), emerges from the chrysalis of a Black Swallowtail Butterfly, (Papilio polyxenes), after hatching from an egg inserted into the butterfly larva before it pupated and then hatching and devouring the larva to  finally emerge as an adult wasp.  Note exit hole near top of chrysalis case.





A gynandromorph is an individual exhibiting morphological characteristics of both sexes
  
This Pink-edged Sulphur butterfly (Colias interior) has the left wing of a female
and the right wing of a male.




Passenger Pigeons (Ectopistes migratorius), female and male, once the most abundant bird on the face of the earth, became extinct when the last one died on April 1, 1914 at the Cincinnati Zoo. 

In 1866 one flock in Southern Ontario was said to be one mile wide by 300 miles long and took 14 hours to pass by.

Passenger Pigeons were much larger than the similarly-plumaged Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura).  The birds were an important food source from the Caribbean to central and eastern Canada.

Over-hunting and habitat destruction are believed to have caused the disappearance of the birds.

The above computer generated images were produced after careful research of paintings and some photographs of old, faded museum specimens. 




At 415,000 square miles, the Canadian Province of Ontario is almost twice as large as Texas and about 4.5 times the size of the United Kingdom.
  
Settled only in the 18th century, Ontario quickly became a major agricultural region
and so remains today.
  
Yet only one covered bridge, over the Grand River at West Montrose, still exists.

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If you need certain special or hard to find stock photos, please drop me a line.  I may have something for you, or may know a photographer who does.  My network of stock photographers is a good one and there is never a charge for this service.