Lady Amherst’s Pheasant
Sometimes I just don’t know you nature.
Goat by Shaun Dunmall on Flickr
Velvet worms, once thought to be extinct is a fascinating ancient, caterpillar-like animals that have changed little over the last 400 million years.
Don’t let the downy appearance of the velvet worm fool you, they might be nearly blind but these curious creatures hunt their prey by spraying them with an adhesive mucous before sucking out their inside. It can slime its prey from 1-2 feet away, and paralyze it. The slime is also squirted in self-defence. An enemy with a face full of slime gives the velvet worm time to escape.
I went from knowing nothing about Karl Barth to knowing more than I ever wanted to in about 24 hours. Weird. All because I was curious after reading the chapter on him and went to wikipedia…
Also the chapter on JPII’s ToB stuff is not as upsetting as I thought…because it’s such a huge snore I can barely focus…
Garofalo. Detail from Madonna in Glory and Holy Hones, 1550.