This brightly colored thread is made out of snail poop -
"There are a few important questions here. The first: Where would anyone get the idea to buy hundreds of snails and feed them colored paper? Apparently the whole project started when Schreuder noticed that a “plague of snails in the garden” had a fondness for paper and cardboard.”
Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick by Lee Rentz on Flickr.
Here’s my rendition of Acheroraptor, the new Hell Creek velociraptorine dromaeosaur. It’s known only from the maxilla and dentary, so I decided to only draw the business end of the animal (that, and I didn’t really have the time for a full reconstruction). It’s depicted staring at a hispine beetle, of which there is abundance evidence (Johnson et al 2000) from Hell Creek ichnofossils.
The animal has been known from teeth for many years, and was only recently finally given a name, Acheroraptor temertyorum, after the underworld Acheron of Greek mythology (Hell Creek reference and so on). Phylogenetic analysis recovers it as a velociraptorine, the most basal member of the group containing Velociraptor, Adasaurus and Tsaagan.
Photoshop CS4, ~2-3 hours
An illustration of a Grammia virgo moth
ECO Pavilion, Estudio MMX, México D.F., 2011
(Source: mmx.com.mx, via qcasa)