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Archive for the month “July, 2013”

Vintage Dalmation Dog Brooch

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Here is my beautiful 3-D Dalmation Dog brooch I bought from Elaine’s Antiques & Collectibles   in April 2013.

The eyes and nose are done in shiny black enamel, while most of the goldtone body is covered with pave crystal clear rhinestones.

Black rhinestones represent the spots. All stones are clear and present, and the clasp opens easily and fastens securely.  This piece measures 2 1/8″ tall and 2″ in diameter, at its widest point. This unsigned brooch is in very good condition.   This piece always gets attention whenever I wear it.

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Trichogramma Wasp

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Scientific Classification:   Phylum Arthropoda, Class Insecta,  Order Hymenoptera, family Trichogrammatidae, approx 650 Trichogramma spp.

Imagine if you were only about half a centimetre in size and had a life span of just 2 weeks.  You wouldn’t have time to complain about others or to feel angry or jealous of others.  The Trichogramma Wasp is just such a creature.  Adults are 1/50 inch or 0.18mm in dimension, and are a beautiful golden yellow in colour, or yelow and black, with bright red eyes, short antennae and compact bodies.

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The San Joaquin Kit Fox

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The San Joaquin Kit Fox  couresty of   Dave Collins

Phylum   Chordata

Class      Mammalia

Order      Carnivora

Family     Canidae

Genus     Vulpes

Species   velox

A Kit Fox is either of two small pale gray or buff coloured foxes, Vulpes velox macrotis  or Vulpes velox velox,  found on plains and in open, sandy areas of western North America, commercially valuable for their fur.

In the U.S.A. the San Joaquin Kit Fox species, Vulpes velox macrotis, was federally classified as Endangered in 1967, and as Threatened by the state of California in 1971 (USFWS 1998).  It is sometimes referred to as Vulpes macrotis mutica.

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Mantis Shrimp

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Subclass: Hoplocarida
 Order Stomatopoda

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Help our beautiful Honeycutt

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S.A.F.E   –   Save A Forgotten Equine – in the United States – does a fantastic job looking after “pointy” abandoned horses and helping them become gorgeous and round.  Honeycutt, their ambassador for sponsoring forgotten horses, has his very own Website for his own organisation –   Honeycutt Nation.

Please contribute $10 to Honeycutt’s latest venture, which is to be a Sponsor at SAFE’s 2013 Annual Benefit Show, where classes for enthusiastic horse-riders will be held, for nominal fees.   If you love horses, and feel inclined to help, Honeycutt and SAFE will appreciate your support.   Please go to Honeycutt’s latest  POST   for information, and remember to select “Honeycutt Nation” when submitting your donation.  Thank you from the Horses.

http://honeycutt.safehorses.org/

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