Dutch Warmblood, ‘Get Rowdy’ (Traditional 1:9 by Breyer)
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by Guest Reviews
7h ago
[Voters: 2, Rating: 5] Review and images by Harecraft Horses; edited by bmathison1972 A very beautiful and exciting arrival to introduce, first – one of the 2022 ‘mid year’ releases, although that term is a little bit laughable when they arrive right at the end of the year (or sometimes into the following year) in my country! But this is one I’ve been looking forward to ever since I first saw it! This Dutch Warmblood’s official name is Get Rowdy, and its inspired by a real horse of the same name that was named the United States Equestrian Federation’s High Performance Horse of the Year fo ..read more
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Lobster Moth, caterpillar (Diversity of Life on Earth – Caterpillars Vol. 2 by Bandai)
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by bmathison1972
2d ago
For the most part, adult moths in the family Notodontidae (commonly referred to as the ‘prominents’) are relatively drab moths, at least in the Northern Hemisphere. There are exceptions, of course, but in general they are fairly non-descript (to the casual observer) brown and grey moths typical of those seen at a porch light on a warm, humid summer’s eve. The larvae, on the other hand, they tend to come with all the bells-and-whistles, especially those in the subfamiles Cerurinae and Notodontinae. Today we are looking at one such flashy caterpillar, specifically that of the lobster moth (Stau ..read more
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American Bison (Wildlife Collection by CollectA)
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by Gwangi
1w ago
Some years ago, I was driving around some rural backroad in the Finger Lakes region of New York when I rounded a corner and was greeted by a herd of roughly 70 American bison (Bison bison). Big, imposing, and majestic, my heart skipped a beat. I was not expecting to see a herd of bison in New York. These bison were of course locked behind a fence, however. It was a bison farm I had happened upon, one of many where more than 180,000 bison live not in the wild, but on ranches across the United States. That they were captive animals didn’t seem to matter though, I was still awe struck and shocke ..read more
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Bullet Ant (Diversity of Life on Earth – Ikimono Encyclopedia Ants by Bandai)
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by bmathison1972
1w ago
The bullet ant (Paraponera clavata) is a notorious insect from the rainforests of Central and South America. It is often regarded as having one of the most painful stings of any insect, and currently has a rating of 4.0+ (the highest possible) on Schmidt’s Sting Pain Index. It is also a very large ant, with workers measuring 1.8-3.0 cm long (nearly two inches!). Bullet ants usually make their nests at the base of trees, but sometimes nests are arboreal. A colony can consist of more than 2,000 workers. Workers ascend their host tree to forage for nectar, plant material, and invertebrates. In ..read more
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Akhal-Teke (Traditional 1:9 by Breyer)
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by Guest Reviews
1w ago
Review and images by Harecraft Horses; edited by bmathison1972 Today we’ll be looking at one of 2022’s regular runs by Breyer, the one I was most excited to see and own – Adamek the Akhal-Teke stallion. He is absolutely stunning! I loved this sculpt right from when it was first revealed, it really nails the conformation and character of the breed, and although I was sad the two best Akhal-Teke colours got used up on unattainably rare and expensive exclusives (a sooty buckskin to the Premier Club, then metallic cremello for a limited Breyerfest SR), I do think this colour looks good on him. T ..read more
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Bonytail Chub (Marsh Education by Safari Ltd.)
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by Gwangi
1w ago
Today’s review concludes our series of reviews on the Marsh Education fish figures, commissioned by the Marsh & Associates Native Fish Lab and produced by Safari Ltd. I didn’t necessarily save the best for last, but I did accidentally save perhaps the most endangered for last. The bonytail chub (Gila elegans) is native to the Colorado River Basin in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah. It once occurred in New Mexico, Wyoming, and Mexico but is now extirpated in those places. It is listed as critically endangered, and it is believed that there are no self-sustaining breeding po ..read more
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Caracal (Wild Life Africa by Schleich)
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by bmathison1972
1w ago
The caracal (Caracal caracal) is a small cat that lives over much of Africa (outside of rainforests and much of the Sahara Desert), the Arabian Peninsula, Middle East, and Central Asia to western India. It prefers scrub forest, thickets, savannas, marshy lowlands, rocky hills, and semi-deserts, generally in areas that are dry but offer sufficient vegetation for cover. The caracal is a sleek, agile hunter; favorite prey include small antelope (grysbok, duikers, Dorcas gazelles, gerenuks), hyraxes, hares, rodents, small monkeys, bustards, doves, and partridges. Caracals are typically solitary a ..read more
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Japanese Carpenter Ants (Epoch)
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by bmathison1972
1w ago
The Japanese carpenter ant (Camponotus japonicus) is a widely-distributed species that occurs throughout much of East Asia, from Pakistan and Mongolia, east to China, Russia (eastern Siberia), and the Philippines, and Japan. Like other carpenter ants, colonies, which can consist of thousands of individuals, occurs in dead and decaying wood, such as logs and the dead, hollowed-out part of standing trees. A colony consists of two castes: one includes reproductive males and females and the other is made up of workers, which are sterile females. There are three sizes of workers, based on their fu ..read more
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Golden Eagle (Wildlife by Mojö Fun)
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by Guest Reviews
1w ago
Review and images by Suspsy; edited by bmathison1972 The golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) is perhaps the most quintessential and famous of all eagles. For certain it is the most widespread, ranging across the continents of North America, Europe, and Asia. It has also figured prominently in human culture more than any other bird. It has been a symbol of the Greek god Zeus, of the Roman Empire, of the great Muslim hero Saladin, and, unfortunately, of the Third Reich. It is also presently the national animal of Albania, Austria, Germany, Kazakhstan, and Mexico and appears on the arms of Egypt, I ..read more
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Desert Pupfish (Marsh Education by Safari Ltd.)
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by Gwangi
1w ago
In my review of the Apache trout, I discussed the diversity of trout in the American west that was brought about by climate change at the end of the last Ice Age. But trout weren’t the only fishes effected by this sudden change in climate. The American southwest is also home to numerous species of pupfish in the Cyprinodon genus. It is likely that they were all once one species, but as the southwest dried, and habitats shrank, they became isolated from each other and evolved unique adaptations that allowed them to survive in their tiny islands of water. The most famous of these pupfish is the ..read more
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