Dorothy is a master gardener, former newspaper reporter, and the author of several books. Michael is a landscape and nature photographer.
The Blue Damselfly
Blue Is the Most Popular Color in the World
If you were to ask a group (just about any group) of people to name their favorite color, more than any other color they would reply "blue." Of course, after seeing some of the spiders in this article, that reply might change, but that is doubtful. The color blue is also considered the most beautiful when it comes to eyes. Blue eyes, blue skies, blue oceans, blue birds and blue flowers...we love them all.
But, blue pigments are rare in nature and Mother Nature has always had a way of favoring green, brown and other duller colors. With this article, we have set out to showcase some creatures for which she has chosen the most popular color in the world.
Blue Spiders Are a Mystery to Scientists
After reading several scientific journals and reports, it's safe to say that scientists still haven't presented a definitive reason as to why some spiders are blue. According to a study reported at www.sciencemag.org, the glowing blue - a color rarely found in animal pigments - is a structural color.
But, a recent study reported by www.thesun.co.uk suggested that it may have something to do with their evolution pattern.
Blue Cloud Forest Millipede
The Blue Iguana
The Blue Dragonfly
Blue Poison Dart Frogs
These frogs (in any color) are considered one of Earth's most toxic, or poisonous, species, each with enough poison to kill thousands of mice. The color is a notification for potential predators to stay away. Scientists pretty much agree that these frogs get their toxicity from the insects they slurp up with their long, sticky tongues. Some of the insects they like to dine on include small beetles, ants, fruit flies, termites, and crickets. Poison dart frogs can be found in the rainforests of Central and South America.
A Blue Mud Dauber and a Blue Flower Wasp
Bees in Blue
The "Blue Dragon"
More Blue Creatures of the Oceans and Seas
The Carpathian Blue Slug
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- Hsiung, B., T. A. Blackledge and M. D. Shawkey (2015), Spiders Do Have Melanin After All. J. Exp. Biol. 218, 3632–3635
- Sabatini, M. 2008. Cyanea lamarckii Blue jellyfish. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. (eds) Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 18-02-2018]
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Mike and Dorothy McKenney (author) from United States on February 20, 2018:
Thank you so much! Mother nature is pretty amazing.
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 20, 2018:
Wow! Beautiful and colorful photos. Interesting facts about the wonderful creatures which we often ignore on our planet.