Images by @joelsartore | Transforming your #pollinatormonday are three stages of the common lime butterfly, photographed at the National Botanical Garden in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. This butterfly is also known as the “checkered butterfly” because of its distinctive wing pattern, or the “citrus swallowtail” because of its propensity for the sweet juices of oranges, grapefruit, and lime. The lime butterfly is the most populous and widely spread of the swallowtail family and has a strong preference for citrus. It pollinates all species and varieties of native and imported citrus trees all over the world. In fact, this pollinator does its job so well, it’s even considered a pest in most citrus nurseries. As the eggs laid on the undersides of leaves hatch, the caterpillars dine on and defoliate them. However, without the work these butterflies do to pollinate, citrus plants would inevitably struggle.
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Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen) Delagha, an 8-year-old unaccompanied refugee from Afghanistan, sleeps on a bunk bed at a "one stop center" where he and other refugees have taken refuge near the Croatian border in Serbia. Delagha traveled 4,000 miles from his home in Afghanistan. He hopes to settle in France because: “there is peace in France," although he sometimes wishes he could go back home: "I am sad here". For more photos of the refugee crisis follow @mmuheisen and @everydayrefugees#everydayrefugees#muhammedmuheisen
Video by @BertieGregory. A massive school of anthias (the bright orange fish) feed in the water column over a coral reef in the Northern Red Sea. The diversity (the number of different species) of coral reefs is mind blowing. It is estimated that whilst they only occupy 1% of the ocean floor, they are home to more than 25% of the ocean's biodiversity! Coral reefs all around the world are in trouble but why should we care? Well, aside from just being awesome, they provide so many functions that are vital to human existence including coastline storm protection, fisheries production, tourism and climate regulation. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures!
Video by @jenniferhayesig Meet the dinosaur fish. Thousands of baby sturgeon, a threatened species in our waters, were released into the St. Lawrence River and its tributaries this week to rebuild struggling populations that were wiped out by overharvest and construction of dams. Sturgeon are called dinosaur fish because they are ancient freshwater fish that swam with ichthyosaurs in Mesozoic waters 230 million years ago. These finger sized lake Sturgeon could live to 100+ years and grow to 7 feet long , the females will not reach sexual maturity for 20+ years. The Sturgeon group of fishes are the largest freshwater fish on the planet. There are 27 species of sturgeon, the largest and most rare is the beluga called Huso huso that can reach 2500+ pounds and 20+ feet. Sturgeon are one of the most threatened species on earth because of the market and poaching demand for their eggs called caviar. A single 100 yr + female with eggs is worth a million dollars or more on the black market. Many populations in Europe are gone or hanging by a thread. I have spent a decade+ documenting this population as a part of my graduate studies and I am grateful to see a "Success Story" and regional restoration of this threatened species. . // with @natgeo // #sturgeon#caviar#baby#threatenedspecies#stlawrenceriver#gratitude for #moreocean follow @jenniferhayesig
Photo by @noralorek for @natgeo. “My husband was a soldier but because he’s Nuer (same tribe as the rebel leader) they suspected him to be a rebel and were chasing him to the bush. There he was killed by his colleagues the soldiers. So that’s when I left with my two children and being pregnant. We were hiding in the bush and moving slowly until we made it to Busia border in Uganda. It took us a week to get there. Now we’re living among former neighbors from our village and I’m using a small piece of land to cultivate on. It hurts to know I left my first child at home in South Sudan. My son was with my parents in my hometown when we had to leave and It’s too expensive to get a transport there. I can’t go and see him or get him here. He’s six years old and his name is Masein Touch. I’m wondering how he’s doing while I’m here enjoying the peace”, Angelina Nyanuba, 25 years old and in this picture with her daughter Mary Nyakir, 3 and son Omar Basir who’s only two months old and was born here in Bidibidi refugee settlement.
In August the one millionth refugee from South Sudan entered Uganda in escape of the war.
With most of the refugees being women and children and leaving during shootings at night their bedsheets called Milaya are often one of the few things they carry with them. The handmade patterns have been made in South Sudan and Sudan for generations and the tradition of the Milayas continues in what has become their temporary home while waiting for the war to end. Bidibidi is with its more than 270 000 people considered one of the worlds largest refugee settlements.
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Photo by @shonephoto (Robbie Shone) - The cloud forests that carpet the surface of Sarisariñama Tepui, Venezuela, hold secret signs to what lies beneath. Open holes called ‘Simas’ (pictured), break through the plateau and allow explorers and scientists to enter into the underworld. When we were there, we camped on the rim of this one for three days, whilst we explored the caves below. Can you spot our orange tent next to the heli landing zone?
This photograph is from a portfolio I made from inside caves on top of extremely remote tepuis (aka table-top mountains) in Venezuela. The scientists we were traveling with were looking for unique forms of bacteria that could help clinical microbiologists in studies into bacterial resistance to antibiotics. It was a fascinating assignment to a very remote and rarely visited part of our world. The diverse environment on top of these tepuis is like no other anywhere on planet Earth, as each tepui is different and home to a unique world. And as for the caves... they're even better! Stay tuned.
Video by @paulnicklen // Sometimes I am simply overwhelmed by the beauty in the world. When these cassiopeas—or upside down jellyfish—float past you in the pristine mangroves of Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina, there is little to do but stop and appreciate the magnificence of it all. Our expedition to Cuba has taught us many lessons and shown us limitless potential, but I think the simple, stunning beauty of these graceful invertebrates is one of the things I will remember most vividly. #followme on @paulnicklen to see more from this magical protected corner of the sea. #turningthetidewith@sea_legacy#video#nature#naturelovers#beauty@aluciaproductions
Photo by @FransLanting “Ghost Trees” Dead camelthorn trees stand like sculptural skeletons on a rock-hard clay pan backed by huge sand dunes glowing in the morning sun. A river once flowed through this remarkable place, but it changed course. The trees are monuments to a time of abundance and a symbol for the effects of climate change in a desert country where rain patterns are fickle and easily disrupted as global weather patterns change. This image is featured in our new book “Into Africa,” which is based on the exhibition of the same name created for @NatGeo. Follow me @FransLanting for more images from wild Africa and to learn more about the exhibit and book.
Video: @andy_mann // @paulnicklen getting up close and personal with a large American Crocodile during a sunset thunderstorm in Gardens of the Queen, Cuba. Paul and I worked together to capture this unique perspective in the mangroves until well after dark. Pushing our creative boundaries through lighting, floating 30 pound cinema cameras at split level & choosing difficult working conditions all paid off in these unforgettable scenes. Team work makes the dream work, they say, and I'm lucky to be surrounded with passionate filmmakers and photographers @natgeo@sea_legacy who raise each other up and work tirelessly to create stories with impact. #Turningthetide with @cristinamittermeier, @paulnicklen@samkretch, @mdalio and @iankellett_story // Please #followme@andy_mann to see more from this amazing expedition, casting a light on the Caribbean's healthiest marine ecosystem.