The Carrion Crow (Corvus corone) is a common medium-sized bird in the Corvidae family. It is native to western Europe and eastern Asia.
It mainly eats carrion (the meat of dead animals), but it also eats insects, worms, grain, seeds, fruit, and small animals, such as worms and frogs, as well as eggs. It will also scavenge food scraps from humans.
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The Common Green Lacewing (Chrysoperia carnea) is an insect in the Chrysopidae family of lacewings.
The Common Green Lacewing is pale green with long, threadlike antennae and compound eyes. It turns yellowish-brown in winter. The wings are delicate and veined (membranous), which makes them look like lace. The wings are also translucent (see through) with a slight iridescent sheen.
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The Hercules Beetle (Dynastes hercules) is an insect in the Dynastinae family of rhinoceros beetles.
The Hercules Beetle is a long beetle with six legs and elytra (wing cases) that covers its wings. The male has two horns – one on its head and one on its prothorax. The male has a black body with iridescent olive-green elytra. The female is usually all black.
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The Rosemary Beetle (Chryolina americana) is a small insect in the Chrysomelidae family of leaf beetles.
The Rosemary Beetle is metallic, iridescent green with purple-brown stripes on its ridged elytra (wing shields), from its pronotum (neck shield) to its tail. It has short wings hidden underneath the elytra. It can fly, but only for short distances. Most tend to walk. It has six little brown legs. Its body is slightly domed with a rounded tail end. It has round, black eyes. Its antennae are light-brown and look like a string of beads.
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The Common Blue Butterfly (Polyommatus icarus) is an insect in the Lycaenidae family of blue butterflies.
The Common Blue male has iridescent blue wings above with a thin, black-brown border and white fringe. The female is brown above with blue flecks, like dust, and orange spots. Both the male and the female have a row of red or orange spots along the edge of the hindwing (back wing).
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The Brazilian Rainbow Boa (Epicrates cenchria) is a non-venomous colubrid reptile in the Boidae family of boa constrictor snakes. It is a boid, pronounced bo-id. It is also known as the Slender Boa.
The Brazilian Rainbow Boa is orange-red with black circles on its back and sides. Its scales have an iridescent sheen. It has a thick, heavy body.
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The Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita) is a non-wading bird in the Threskiornithidae family of wading birds. Most ibises are wetland wading birds, living near water sources, but the Northern Bald Ibis is not a wetland wading bird.
It lives and breeds in colonies and flocks of up to 100 individuals. It makes a stick nest high on a cliff ledge to avoid predators.
The female lays 2-3 eggs. The chicks hatch after about 25 days and gain their feathers within 40-50 days.
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The Golden Ground Beetle (Carabus auratus) is an insect in the Carabidae family of ground beetles.
The Golden Ground Beetle is iridescent gold to golden-brown and green on its head, thorax, and abdomen. It is flightless, even though it has wings. The wings are hidden under the elytra (wing casings). Its legs, antennae, and mouth parts are orange.
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The Green Rose Chafer (Cetonia aurata) is an insect in the Scarabaeidae family of beetles.
The Green Rose Chafer can be metallic green, bronze, copper, violet, grey, or blue-black. It has a metallic green V-shaped area between its wing cases (elytra), called a scutellum. Its underside is a coppery-brown colour.
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The European Long-Legged Fly (Dolichopus ungulatus) is an insect in the Dolichopodidae family of true flies.
The European Long-Legged Fly has six long thin legs, but some do not. Its brownish abdomen is long and broad with segments, and it has a pair of smoky-coloured wings with deep veins. It thorax is metallic green. It has large iridescent metallic green-to-blue compound eyes. It has short mouthparts and a bristly head.
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The Common Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) is a large bird in the Phasianidae family of pheasants, partridges, francolins, junglefowl, and grouse. It is a galliforme.
The Common Wild Turkey has black feathers with brown-black and white tail feathers with a roundish body. Its feathers have a brown and green iridescent sheen. It has pale feet with spurs. It has brown eyes. It has wings and can fly for a short distance.
It has fleshy red nodes or bumps on its head, which are called caruncles. The male turkey has fleshy red skin that hangs from it head, the top of its pale beak, and under its neck. The fleshy part on its forehead that hangs over its beak is called a snood. The fleshy part under its chin is called a wattle or dewlap.
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The Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) is a large game bird. It is also called the Ring-Necked Pheasant.
The Common Pheasant can be various colours, from white to black. It is generally gold or coppery-red and chestnut-brown with an iridescent sheen of green and purple. It has a white neck ring. It has a long, black tail, flecked with brown feathers. Its wings are white or cream with black bars. Its head is dark-green with a small crest and a distinctive red wattle. The female is dull brown.
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The Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi) is a small freshwater fish in the Characidae family of tetras.
The Neon Tetra has a flat body with a light-blue back over a silver-white abdomen. It has an iridescent blue horizontal stripe along each side of its body from its nose to its rear fin, and an iridescent red stripe from the middle of its body to its tail fin. The colours become grey or black at night, when it rests. It has blue eyes covered with a blue stripe.
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The Spider Wasp (Auplopus carbonarius) is an insect in the Pompilidae family of wasps. It is a pompilid.
The Spider Wasp has a metallic black body with iridescent, greyish-black, translucent (clear) wings. It has a large head, a rounded thorax (chest), a thin waist, and a long abdomen. Its legs are black and its antennae are black.
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The Protaetia Beetle (Cetonia aeruginosa or Protaetia aeruginosa) is an insect in the Scarabaeidae family of chafers. It is related to the Scarab Beetle.
The Protaetia Beetle has an oval body with six legs. It is metallic iridescent green with a copper-brown head. Its underbelly is coppery brown. The male has dents on its wing cases, whereas the female has fewer or no dents. Its wing cases protect its wings.
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The Common Raven (Corvus corax) is a large bird in the crow family. It is also called the Northern Raven. It is a corvid.
The Common Raven has iridescent black feathers, with a thick, black beak and black-brown eyes. It has a long, graduated tail. It has black shaggy feathers around its throat and above its beak.
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The Abalone (Haliotis) is a sea snail. It is a marine (saltwater) gastropod mollusc. It is also known as the Sea Ear, Ear Shell, Muttonfish, and Ormer. It is a haliotid.
The Abalone has a hard, convex, rounded or oval-shaped shell called an exoskeleton made out of nacre (mother of pearl). The shell can be domed or flat and it is usually greyish in colour. The inside of the shell is iridescent blue-green. It has a row of holes in its mantle, which enable it to breathe and expel water. About 4-10 holes are open. It has a rounded foot.
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The Greenbottle Fly (Lucilia caesar) is a small insect in the Calliphoridae family of blow flies. It is also known as the Common Greenbottle Fly.
The Greenbottle Fly has a metallic iridescent green colour on its thorax and abdomen. It has bright orange cheeks. It has black bristles (small hairs) on its body.
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The Blue Fly (Calliphora vicina) is a small insect in the Calliphoridae family of blow flies. It is also known as the Blow Fly, the Bottle Fly, or the Blue Bottle Fly.
The Blue Fly has a metallic iridescent blue colour on its thorax and abdomen. It has bright orange cheeks. It has black bristles (small hairs) on its body.
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The Montrouzier’s Ulysses Butterfly (Papilio montrouzieri) is a large insect in the family of swallowtail butterflies.
The Montrouzier’s Ulysses Butterfly has iridescent electric blue wings with brown-black edges. It has forked hind (back) wings. Its underside is brown-black. The female has crescent-shaped blue markings on her hind wings. Its body is brown-black with long antennae.
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