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Flower beetles (Pachnoda trimaculata) at the Moscow Zoo.

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Flower beetle (Pachnoda abyssinica) at the Moscow Zoo.

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Flower beetle (Pachnoda abyssinica) at the Moscow Zoo.

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A silver-faced spider (Argiope modesta) at the Moscow Zoo.

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A silver-faced spider (Argiope modesta) at the Moscow Zoo.

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A golden silk orb weaver (Nephila inaurata madagascariensis) at the Moscow Zoo.

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An adult black milk snake, Lampropeltis triangulum gaigeae, at the Crayfish lab in West Liberty University in West Liberty, WV.

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Appalachian brook crayfish, Cambarus bartonii cavatus, at the Crayfish lab in West Liberty University in West Liberty, WV.

This specimen is from Ohio.

The black on this animal is manganese that has encrusted all over its body. Manganese is a pollutant from coal mining runoff in rivers and streams. Crayfish and mussels are often killed by the toxic sediments that cover the bottoms of rivers downstream from coal mines. Stream sedimentation is the number one cause of crayfish imperilment, and crayfish are the fourth most imperiled animal group on the planet.

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Trinidad dwarf tiger, Cyriocosmus elegans, at the Moscow Zoo.

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Himalayan pit viper (Ancistrodon himalayanus) at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park.

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A blue breasted parrot, Pionus reichenowi, at Loro Parque Fundacion.

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A blue breasted parrot, Pionus reichenowi, at Loro Parque Fundacion.

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Fire bug (Pyrrhocoris apterus) at Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos Vineyard.

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Fire bug (Pyrrhocoris apterus) at Graham’s Quinta dos Malvedos Vineyard.

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Caterpillar of the purple mort bleu (Eryphanis polyxena) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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Caterpillar of the purple mort bleu (Eryphanis polyxena at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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White morpho caterpillar (Morpho polyphemus) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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White morpho caterpillar (Morpho polyphemus) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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Electric flame scallop (Ctenoides ales) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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Indiana single flash firefly nymph (Photuris sp.) photographed at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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Indiana single flash firefly nymph (Photuris sp.) photographed at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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Two-year-old blue eyed darner dragonfly nymph (Rhionaeschna multicolor) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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Two-year-old blue eyed darner dragonfly nymph (Rhionaeschna multicolor) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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A queen long-legged desert ant (Aphaenogaster cockerelli) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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A queen long-legged desert ant (Aphaenogaster cockerelli) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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An endangered ghost ornamental tarantula (Poecilotheria vittata) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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An endangered ghost ornamental tarantula (Poecilotheria vittata) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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Mysore ornamental tarantula (Poecilotheria striata) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado. This species is listed as vulnerable by IUCN.

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Mysore ornamental tarantula (Poecilotheria striata) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado. This species is listed as vulnerable by IUCN.

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Tailless whip scorpion (Paraphrynus mexicanus) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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Tailless whip scorpion (Paraphrynus mexicanus) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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White-collared beauty or white-collared tarantula (Eupalaestrus weijenberghi) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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White-collared beauty or white-collared tarantula (Eupalaestrus weijenberghi) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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Parson spider (Herpyllus ecclesiasticus) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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Parson spider (Herpyllus ecclesiasticus) at Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado.

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