Our next contest is Stinky! Please compete with images of smelly organisms. Think putrid, rancid, acrid, fetid, foul, or whatever unpleasant odors you've encountered while photographing biodiversity. Select one (1) of your best images to compete with. Submissions will be open through next Monday.
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Posted 4 years ago. Edited by yhjklñ (member) 4 years ago
#1 Many large Carabidae release stinky substances when in danger. Carabus coriaceus is the biggest European ground beetle and its "stinkiness" is proportional to its size...Here you can see the secretions below the animal...touch it and you'll stink for hours (..the beetle was released immediately after the photo..) [https://www.flickr.com/photos/51708886@N03/6133349952/in/photostream/]
#2 Sus scrofa Wild boars aren't really smelly as such, in fact they are (allegedly) very fussy about their hygiene - they don't wallow in their own shit but rather in pure mud. But usually, when photographing Sus scrofa, you're some place near where they leave their excrement, and they do have a pungent smell. As was the case here.
#4 Acanthocephala femorata, Florida Leaf Bug, or Squash Bug. Get close to this guy and you will know that he is at least distantly related to the stink bugs. He also has a similar morphology. Photographed at Gambrills, Maryland, on June 4, 2011. Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 180mm macro lens, two Canon 580EX Speedlites.
#6 The pride of my garden, a Dracunculus vulgaris, a spectacular aroid related with Amorphophallus, and, as this genus, they have smelly inflorescences with carrion-looking forms and colours. Inside the flower, flies and carrion-eating beetles are attracted by its putrid fragance, and pollinate the male and female flowers that are deeply hidden inside the spathe.
Still no skunks or skunk cabbages. Oh well, we'll just have to do the Stinky! contest without them.
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#3 - I wanted to put a Phallus impudicus absolutely covered with flies in this contest, but as this species is already taken I choosed my aroid. The third image is really neat and great composition, and the smell of this fungus only can be described as "terrible" :-)