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Life on Earth is Dying. Thousands of Species Cease to Exist!!

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2017 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


On the day that you read this article, 200 species of life on Earth (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) will cease to exist. Tomorrow, another 200 species will vanish forever.

The human onslaught to destroy life on Earth is unprecedented in Earth’s history. Planet Earth is now experiencing its sixth mass extinction event and Homo sapiens is the cause. Moreover, this mass extinction event is accelerating and is so comprehensive in its impact that the piecemeal measures being taken by the United Nations, international agencies and governments constitute a tokenism that is breathtaking in the extreme.

And it is no longer the case that mainly ‘invisible’ species are vanishing: those insects, amphibians and small animals about which you had never even heard, assuming they have been identified and given a name by humans.

You and I are on the brink of driving to extinction some of the most iconic species alive today. For a photo gallery of threatened species, some of which are ‘critically endangered’, see ‘World’s wildlife being pushed to the edge by humans – in pictures’.

If you want to read more about some aspects of the extinction threat, you can do so in these recent reports: ‘World Wildlife Crime Report: Trafficking in protected species’ and ‘2016 Living Planet Report’  which includes these words: ‘The main statistic from the report … shows a 58% decline between 1970 and 2012. This means that, on average, animal populations are roughly half the size they were 42 years ago.’

And if you want to read just one aspect of what is happening in the world’s oceans, this recent UN report will give you something to ponder: ‘New UN report finds marine debris harming more than 800 species, costing countries millions’. 



Photographer Mauro Maione had to get up before dawn to capture his striking images of insects resting on plants

Posted in 2015, animals with tags , , on August 13, 2015 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


He found the creatures in the fields of Castelli Romani Park, just over an hour away from Rome, often arriving before sunrise to capture the insects before they had time to warm up and move around

Taken close up, these every day life insects seem to have transformed into creatures from another planet.

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , on May 13, 2014 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


A beetle covered with water drops.



These incredible photographs reflect the advances made in the field of macro, a process that can take pictures with the subject’s size is larger than its actual size.


A fly covered in drops of water.


Fly a red-covered water drops all sizes.


A fly is photographed using a macro windscreen, with a pink flower in the background


A Macro of an ant.


This photo taken in close-up gives the impression that this fly back in the future.


Animal Migration

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2013 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI





Animal migration is the relatively long-distance movement of individuals, usually on a seasonal basis. It is found in all major animal groups, including birdsmammalsfishreptilesamphibiansinsects, and crustaceans.[1]

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