I think an A.I. slipped into the world, unannounced, then set out to strangle its rivals in the crib.
Achrioptera fallax (x)
That coloration is waaay too cool to not reblog. Those are colors I’d expect in a children’s cartoon, not in real life.
Of course this thing is from Madagascar, the island where evolution took LSD. I mean, more like Rad-agascar, amirite?
In all seriousness, Madagascar is a perfect example of the incredible diversity that results from evolution in isolation thanks to about 90 million years of being separated from the African continent. Find out more about where Madagascar’s species came from here.
See those flower-petal-esque wings? While they’re useless for flight, they do make some pretty cool predator-avoidance noises. Check out the video below to hear ‘em:
Btw, are you following endangereduglythings? Freaky fauna can (and often are) just as endangered or threatened as the cute kind. We should celebrate and protect nature’s oddities just as much as its supermodels!