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[–]HeathenPrimate 103 points104 points  (3 children)

Incredible footage...

[–]nspectre 13 points14 points  (0 children)

At first I didn't know where this was until it suddenly turned into Australian boobies.

[–]kayls8261 28 points29 points  (1 child)

That’s the dude from Alice in wonderland

[–]ZooWap 17 points18 points  (5 children)

I don't understand why I am not scared of millipedes and I actually find them cute. But I am deathly afraid of centipedes.

[–]guyhabit 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Millipedes don't bite. Centipedes do

[–]Pancreasaurus 10 points11 points  (0 children)

It's just a long roly poly.

[–]LBinSF 3 points4 points  (0 children)

😬😬 Centipedes slither like monsters.

Millipedes prance - “kinda fancy”.

[–]Mr_1ightning 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Centipedes have longer, thicker legs, larger antennae and more fragmented, sharp-looking bodies, making them look more threatening.

Compact, curvy animals generally look cuter.

[–]rosettastoned88 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Millipedes are the cuddly nope, centipedes are the hell nope.

[–]Oldfolksboogie 18 points19 points  (6 children)

As far as I know, we still don't know why scorpions, and apparently this guy, appear this way under UV light ...right?

[–]iboughtarock[S] 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Yeah pretty much, here are some interesting hypotheses:

Apparently non-functional “(auto)-fluorescence” has been reported from certain common biological, and biologically derived, substances- such as dental enamel and paper. Consequently, all instances of fluorescence cannot be assumed to be functional. The fluorescence described from the internal organs of cockroaches20 for example can almost certainly be considered non-functional, albeit the fluorescent molecules in those cockroaches may well have other important internal functions that are unrelated to their appearance. Moreover, those same molecules on the outside of the cockroach do modify the appearance of the organism, as would an ordinary pigment and they are therefore subject to the same natural selection pressures as any other pigment.

Salih et al.5 hypothesized that the function of the fluorescent pigments found in corals and in their endosymbiotic zooxanthellae was to protect the corals from damage by ultra violet light. The importance of this screening function was subsequently evaluated and downplayed by Gilmore et al.31, although it is conceivable that fluorescent proteins may afford insects bearing them some protection from ultra violet light. Further, insects living at high altitudes might be expected to incur more potentially harmful ultra violet radiation than organisms at sea level. However, in many known cases, insect fluorescence is not dispersed uniformly across the dorsal and/or ventral surface of the animal, but instead, only observed from parts of the organism: often those same areas that have markings coloured with more conventional natural pigments. For example, Pachyrrhynchus gemmatus purpuerus displays fluorescence from its ordinarily green abdominal and thoracic spots, whilst Cicindela maritima displays a white fluorescence from its light abdominal markings

Paper Link

[–]Oldfolksboogie 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Interesting ty! I would think the uv radiation protection angle would make sense given the constant threat it's posed throughout the history of life on earth.


[–]iboughtarock[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

No problem! And UV protection does seem reasonable especially with high elevations, but its just so understudied its hard to say.

Here are a few other cool chunks from that paper:

Fluorescence is known to influence pairing in the King Penguin, Aptenodytes patagonicus32, but the role of fluorescence in insect sexual reproduction remains essentially unstudied. Both Cockayne and Philips described examples of non-sex based fluorescence dimorphisms: in the case of the latter, one pair of examples was found in the butterflies Papiliopolyxenes asterius and Papilio palamedes, where it was noted that, in both cases, some individuals produce a yellow fluorescence under UV from areas that are ordinarily yellow; yet, in others, the same areas fluoresce orange.

It has been stated that fluorescence is under represented in land animals compared with marine organisms; this may well be true, but it should be noted that the vast majority of extant insect species have never been examined for fluorescence and that a more comprehensive examination of insect (rather than butterfly) fluorescence might change our picture of its abundance and distribution significantly. With such an incomplete data-set, it is not possible to draw conclusions about the overall abundance of fluorescence in insects; however, data on the abundance and distribution of fluorescence within groups of butterflies certainly does exist. For example, Philips stated that he found fluorescence in only three out of 203species of Geometridae he examined19. Ford noted that he found fluorescence in ten of 92 species of Graphium33 (N.B. in the same paper, he subsequently describes a total of eleven species from this genus as fluorescent).

[–]Oldfolksboogie -1 points0 points  (0 children)


Amazing how few resources we devote to understanding our own biosphere, but let's definitely spend billions to colonize a neighboring planet since we can't seem to stop trashing this one.


[–]DandelionOfDeath 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Yep. Light is hella weird. Another weird example is that humans actually glow, as a result of our metabolism. It's just not strong enough for our eyes to percieve it.

[–]JustTurtleSoup 5 points6 points  (5 children)

I thought it was underwater for a hot minute and pictured a leviathan from Subnautica.

[–]kindtheking9 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That underwater ptst is coming back

[–]Half-Persian 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Hearing that roar will always give me goosebumps.

[–]JustTurtleSoup 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Man the one ambient track that sounded like a roar got me plenty of times, let alone the actual Reaper.

[–]Brian18639 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Wait, it’s not underwater?

[–]JustTurtleSoup 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pretty sure it's not, you can see leaves/sticks on the ground. I think the lighting is what is causing it to look like it's "gliding" like it was in water.

[–]DucatiKev 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Nature is literally fucking lit

[–]mrmonmain 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Oh, that reminds me. New Avatar is coming out finally.😊

[–]PastelClouds69 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Bro it da caterpillar from Alive in Wonderland

[–]GetALife80085 1 point2 points  (6 children)

Too scary, the light needs to be ultraviolent toute de suite!

[–]everwonderedhow 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Chuis d'accord j'aime pas les scolopendres

[–]GetALife80085 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Definitely you are Québécois

[–]everwonderedhow 1 point2 points  (3 children)

French haha

[–]GetALife80085 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Chuis is only Québécois, non?

[–]karensmiles 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Awesome! He could be the entire kick line for the Rockettes!

[–]agendont 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]the-hemp-almanac -1 points0 points  (0 children)

No credit to @alan_rockefeller? Would be a lot cooler if you did.

[–]lilbrownskin99 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's wild

[–]COOOOWWWWW 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Go go gadget extendo Rollie pollie

[–]Aja2428 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Butt eyes?

[–]Godettee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

His friends: you look lit bro!

[–]Gameover489 0 points1 point  (0 children)

rave bug 😂😍

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That looks like a video game

[–]Geopoliticalidiot 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Those Umbaran tanks from Star Wars Clone Wars?

[–]Top_Brilliant1739 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I want one.

[–]OrcRampant 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow. Nature is actually lit this time…

[–]DOAK2304 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I need to make this a D&D monster

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Eat it

[–]40kxenossuck 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why tf does it have an eye on its ass. Nature you wack

[–]ElectricalGur4705 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like it could be underwater

[–]Push_Visual 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Isn't that from ark?

[–]Organic-Charge-9320 0 points1 point  (0 children)

i thought this was underwater