This hawk moth (most likely a Violet Gliding Hawk Moth (Ambulyx liturata, Sphingidae)) has been parasitized by an Akanthomyces fungus (probably Akanthomyces pistillariiformis), a Cordyceps anamorph peculiar to moths.

After killing the moth, the fungus then totally engulfs and embalms the corpse producing this macabre sight. (An entomopathogenic fungus is a fungus that can act as a parasite of insects and kills or seriously disables them.)

Pu’er, Yunnan, China.

by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr. See more Chinese insects and spiders on my Flickr site HERE

(literally “women’s writing” in Chinese) is a syllabic script created
and used exclusively by women in the Jiangyong County in Hunan province
of southern China. Up until the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) women were
forbidden access to formal education, and so Nüshu was developed in
secrecy as a means to communicate. Since its discovery in 1982, Nüshu
remains to be the only gender-specific writing system in the world.

Read more here.

This Never Before Seen Spider Looks Like a Leaf


For Matjaz Kuntner, it was just another evening trek through southwestern China’s Yunnan rain forest—until his headlamp illuminated a strand of spider silk.

That’s not so surprising on its own. But what attracted the
arachnologist’s attention is the silk appeared to attach a leaf to a
tree branch. After looking closer, Kuntner realized one of these leaves
was actually a spider.

“If there’s a web, there’s a spider,” says Kuntner, of the
Smithsonian Institution and the Evolutionary Zoology Laboratory in

The arachnid uses its silk to attach leaves to tree branches, and then hides among the branches, according to a new study in the Journal of Arachnology.
The researchers still aren’t sure why the spider does this, but they
believe it’s likely to hide from predators or sneak up on prey…


This Never Before Seen Spider Looks Like a Leaf