This is a juvenile form of the Cereal leaf beetle (Oulema melanopus) after being parasitized by Tetrastichus julis, a parasitoid wasp which lays its eggs inside the larva of the beetle. The eggs hatch.
A Thistledown Velvet Ant, also known as a Cow Killer, is seen in the Mojave Desert, California. This unusual insect is not really an ant, but a female wasp. Photographer Robert JensenThe female wasp (about long) has
“To dream of mushrooms denotes fleeting happiness, to dream you are gathering them, fickleness in a lover or consort.” –Richard Folkard in Plant Lore
16" Tarantula Puppet
This is the cyclosmis (or trapdoor spider), and its incredible abdomen looks like an ancient coin! This genus of spider lives in burrows, and it uses the hardened disc at the end of its abdomen to clog the entrance when it's threatened.
Brazilian Treehopper - a real living insect, which only pretends to be an alien helicopter. Its other name is "The Bell Bearer"; part of its Latin moniker stands for these utterly bizarre spheroids on the top (they are not antennae!