Spotted

“The survey also recorded falls in sightings of bumblebees, foxes and owls but a rise in the number of ladybirds spotted.” https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/06/hedgehogs-now-a-rare-garden-sight-as-british-populations-continue-to-decline

No-one spotted any no-spot ladybirds.

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Driving Mad

“Habitat loss and illegal hunting are leading drivers behind mammal population decline and extinction in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia. But what’s driving these drivers? Road infrastructure.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0320-gfrn-mark-southeast-asia-roads-devastating-wildlife.html)

It’s clear that roads drive drivers, especially loss leading drivers, and illegal hunters are leading drivers behind mammal lines.

Draculids

Dracula radiosa orchid

Dracula radiosa orchid (via Wikipedia)

“Named for their fang-like petals and the blood-red hue of some species, Dracula orchids are a genus spanning Mexico to Peru and comprising 118 known species. Ninety percent of Dracula orchids are endemic, meaning they are found nowhere else in the world, and are particularly threatened by habitat loss.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2014/1024-gfrn-morgan-rainforest-trust-proposes-dracula-reserve.html)

We don’t want anything called Dracula feeling threatened. The same goes for Frankenstein’s fly-traps and Pinhead pitcher plants. Be vigilant.