TIRPOR - The Irrational Pursuit Of Reason

Andrew Cockburn photography

Category Albums Files
Animalia (or fauna)Birds, beast, whatever ...
InsectsVarious insect images, some shot "live", some are "stacked" dead specimens. Check out this page for info on macro equipment and techniques: www.tirpor.com/information/macro_top.htm

As there over a million different insect species known to science, and possibly another 10-20 million yet to be described, I will not be in the slightest bit offended if anyone wants to offer alternative identifications to those shown here.
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ColeopteraBeetles ....
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DipteraTrue flies - robber flies, mosquitoes & midges, blow-flies, etc
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HemipteraTrue bugs
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HomopteraCicadas, Planthoppers, Aphids and Scale Insects
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HymenopteraAnts, wasps, bees and their relatives.
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LepidopteraButterflies and moths
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MecopteraScorpion Flies
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OdonataDragonflies and damsel flies
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Haven't a clue ..... as yet unidentified
AquaticAquatic / underwater wildlife
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AvianLike it says - birds ....
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Terrestial animals
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Flowering plantsRoughly split into major geographical regions (if wild) or cultivated
North AmericaFlora from North America
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CultivatedCultivated plants shot in controlled situations
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FungiDistinct from plants in that fungal cells have cell walls that contain chitin, unlike the cell walls of plants, which contain cellulose. Chitin is also present in the exoskeletons of arthropods such as crustaceans (e.g. crabs, lobsters and shrimps) and insects.
Fungi: Ascomycota
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Fungi: BasidiomycotaBasidiomycota include mushrooms, puffballs, stinkhorns, bracket fungi, other polypores, jelly fungi, boletes, chanterelles, earth stars, smuts, bunts, rusts, mirror yeasts, and the human pathogenic yeast, Cryptococcus. Basically, Basidiomycota are filamentous fungi composed of hyphae (except for those forming yeasts), and reproducing sexually via the formation of specialized club-shaped end cells called basidia (or so says Wikipedia)

The following subcategories are Family groups.
AmanitaceaeFamily containing several species valued for flavour and edibility, but also accounts for over half the cases of mushroom poisoning.
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CoprinaceaeInk caps. Produce fruiting bodies that dissolve into ink-like ooze when the spores are mature via self digestion. This family has now been reclassified into the larger Psathyrellaceae
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MeruliaceaeSaprotrophic wood rotters from the Polyporales order
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PolyporaceaeA family of bracket fungi.
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SclerodermataceaeHard skinned puffballs or earthstars
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Random files - The Living World
Great Cormorant319 viewsClass: Aves
Order: Pelecaniformes
Family: Phalacrocoracidae
Species: Phalacrocorax carbo (sinensis ?)
Phaonia subventa or rufiventris, male282 views
Carabus auronitens328 views

Last additions - The Living World
Eupholus magnificus687 views"Pinned" after relaxing to allow repositioning of antennaeMar 15, 2011
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