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Yowies / Re: Blue Winged goose (Yowie - USA)
« on: June 18, 2018, 06:55:36 AM »
Nice! Realistic and not an often represented species!

No, it is a two-toed (they have two on the front and three on the hind limbs)

By the photo looks like only one claw at front legs... But what made me said it's a three-toed is the masked pattern of the face. It should be uniform brown in a two-toed. Also looks like a short face, not elongated like in two-toed, but this is difficult to jugde without a side view.

Clearly a three-toed...

Animal art and photography / Re: Bugsnapz
« on: June 16, 2018, 05:04:06 PM »
Miniature parasitic wasp (Itchneumon sp) possibly Gasteruption jaculator. I found several of these small wasps in a nearby select area of woodland. I mentioned Ichneumon due to the ovipositor which is visible but quite harmless. Enjoy.

It's Gasteruption, but of course not of the jaculator species group, as it have a short oviscapt. Gasteruptiids are completely unrelated with ichneumonid wasps (except for both families being Parasitica).

Customised figures / Re: Seal trans-species
« on: June 13, 2018, 10:57:48 PM »
I guess it was replaced by the new seal released in 2018: The latter seems to be missing from the Toy Animal wiki.

Honestly, the previous one was much better! At least in terms of painting!

Customised figures / Seal trans-species
« on: June 13, 2018, 12:28:58 PM »
Some days ago I bought the Schleich's harbour seal (Phoca vitulina). Well, not sure if it's a harbour seal. Schleich sells it just as "seal". Here in the Schleich section of the forum is depicted as that, but in the Animal toy wiki is depicted as a Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) (then it would be obviously a female...  and even then, the head shape looks a bit short). Anyway, I bought it just because I wanted to change it into a Ribbon seal (Histriophoca fasciata), that is my favourite seal species. So here it's the result!

Forum business / Re: Forum changes
« on: June 11, 2018, 02:05:12 PM »
Bold images indicate "unread messages". Faded images indicate "no unread messages". So, they change and are different for each member. All bold for guests.  :)
Ah, that explains it! Great, thanks!

Forum business / Re: Forum changes
« on: June 11, 2018, 07:43:49 AM »
Great, very nice! Tough the shoebill and Solomon Islands skink images looks like phantasmagoric faded...

Other/Misc. / Re: Butterflies of Paradise (Franklin Mint)
« on: June 08, 2018, 08:12:27 PM »
Going a bit botanical....

10. LEOPARD, Phalanta eurytis on periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus)

12. PARADISE BIRDWING, Ornithoptera paridisea
This is the one I bought solo, so I do not have the card indicating what the flower is. I have tried online searches but I cannot find a checklist. This is also the other non-unique species. There is a figure in the K&M Butterflies Nature Tube I have identified as O. paridisea based on wing shape (although the color is more like O. priamus).

That is clearly not based in the Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus), with flowers red to white (usually pink), but on European periwinkle, probably Vinca major, whose flowers are blusih purple.

About the flower of the Ornithoptera, the four petals and general appareance make it clear that is a crucifer (Brassicaceae), very probably Matthiola incana.

Furuta / Re: Golden lion tamarin (Furuta - ChocoEgg Series 6)
« on: June 08, 2018, 08:03:09 PM »
I certainly like the design of a pole for standing. Most monkey figurines are made with the animal standing or walking in the soil, but most are highly arboreal and then it's a not much typical position for them. This position allows the tail to hang giving the animal a more realistic appareance :) Same should be done for parrots, hornbills and other arboreal birds with long tails :)

Animal toy lines / Re: Toy Fish Factory has arrived!
« on: June 08, 2018, 08:10:57 AM »
That snakehead looks like as wearing a strange writing from an ancient or mythological culture! :D

Animal toy lines / Re: Little Critterz
« on: June 07, 2018, 07:54:39 AM »
4. dragonfly, gen. sp. on a pink water lily (wingspan 65 mm). Not sure I can ID it further; appears to be a skimmer in the family Libellulidae.

Clearly it's Libellula luctuosa. Shame that it's sitting in a disproportionately tiny waterlily flower (or the dragonfly is enormously oversized), and same for the bumblebee on Magnolia flower (looks like of the group Bombus muscorum/pascuorum, nice option different from the always seen B. terrestris). The flower bed for the monarch is much better: they are Asclepias curassavica, main host plant for their caterpillars and often visited by adults too. Talking about monarchs, that morpho butterfly looks like just a monarch with the wings blue, instead a morpho...

Other/Misc. / Re: Butterflies and Other Insects (French Feves)
« on: June 06, 2018, 06:06:49 PM »
3. l'Argus vert, green hairstreak, Callophyrus rubi
4. Le cuivre, copper butterfly, Lycaeninae, gen. sp. [form does not fit for lycaenids, however]
5. L'exotique, ?
8. L'azure, common blue, Polyommatus icarus

Disguised with these French names, but clearly inspired by very different butterflies... Ornithoptera priamus, a Charaxinae, a Saturniidae and another Ornithoptera, kinda victoriae-type

Other/Misc. / Re: Butterflies (Fascinations - Metal Earth)
« on: June 05, 2018, 12:55:39 PM »
I only have two assembled, and they have 100 mm wingspans, so assuming they are all the same size, will range from slightly under to slightly over 1:1 ratio.

More close to 2:1 than to 1:1... you will never see a real Vanessa atalanta or Limenitis arthemis with 10 cm wingspan!

Are you sure you inserted the mandibles correctly? In the last image, with the beetle being seen in profile, I would say that the mandibles are upside-down...

Other/Misc. / Re: Emperor Scorpion (Veronese Design)
« on: June 05, 2018, 06:20:51 AM »
I went to their website ( and I suggest others check it out for some really nice animal sculptures.

The link goes to the Nudes category, for see animal sculptures you must click on the "Wildlife/pets" tab on the menu at the left. The animal sculptures are amazing, very realistic, museum-quality, tough it seems that the author is not very much knowlegdeable in animals, calling King penguin an Emperor penguin, Beaver to the Otters, Chameleon to the Green Iguana, and Leopard chair to their Cheetah chairs.

Animal art and photography / Re: Bugsnapz
« on: June 04, 2018, 10:12:32 PM »
Darker (with more extensive black) than the usual for this species. Nice individual.

Other/Misc. / Re: Insect World (Battat Terra)
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:52:45 PM »
What, no species-level assignments?  :))

Here go the species assignments:
Flavocicada melanocephala
Erythrandrena coccineoptera
Xenomyrmex longicollis
Microphthalmotabanus atripennis
Micraeshna simplicinervia
Harmonia irregularipunctata
Tripedoscorpius microsoma
Eresus bioculus
Prasinacris robustipes
Clavicornimantis parallelithorax
Micropelma aeneocephala
Erythrophthalmogryllus gigantisegmentis

 ;D ;D

Games / Re: Name that critter
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:15:25 AM »
Pseudoliparis swirei - but only thanks to the Sbell's tip.

Animal art and photography / Re: Bugsnapz
« on: June 01, 2018, 07:10:13 AM »
Always make me sad when a predator just choose a so beautiful and magnific kind of prey. I also have a photo of Nemoptera bipennis getting eaten by a spider (Aculepeira ceropegia), and I saw a robberfly attacking successfully a beautiful owlfly Libelloides ictericus. Neddless to say that neuropterans are for sure my most favourite kind of insects.

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