While we as humans continue to try (and fail) to live in peace and harmony, it is worth remembering that the world around us is a brutal, unforgiving place.

We have tamed our lives to such an extent that it is easy to turn a blind eye to the horrors of nature, sure, we as a species are far more damaging to our planet than all others put together, but let's not pretend that it's all sweetness and light out there!

This list, compiled by Bored Panda, is a reminder that we live in a scary world. Some of these things are simply wonders of nature that we may not like the look of, like spiders and centipedes. Some show the raw power of the elements, while others illustrate the horrific things that other creatures to do each other in order to survive. All of these things are awe-inspiring examples of nature, something not to be feared, but to be respected. Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

#1

Wrap Around Spider, Named For Its Ability To Flatten And Wrap Its Body Around Tree Limbs

Wrap Around Spider, Named For Its Ability To Flatten And Wrap Its Body Around Tree Limbs

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ZombieGirl5591
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2 years ago

NOO

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#2

Spiderbro Guarding Me From Malaria Outside My Window

Spiderbro Guarding Me From Malaria Outside My Window

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VM Hiraii
Community Member
2 years ago

Define feast =

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#3

Seaweed In The Waves

Seaweed In The Waves

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Vischap
Community Member
2 years ago

Cthulhu rising

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#4

Xylaria Polymorpha, Commonly Known As Dead Man's Fingers, Is A Saprobic Fungus

Xylaria Polymorpha, Commonly Known As Dead Man's Fingers, Is A Saprobic Fungus

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

You can almost feel them reaching for your feet...first gently stroking, then all of a sudden gripping fast...

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#5

A Firefly Kept Right On Flashing After Being Eaten By A Frog

A Firefly Kept Right On Flashing After Being Eaten By A Frog

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boredhuman
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2 years ago

In morse it says: i'm fine!

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#6

This Frog Was Found All Dried Up And Withered Outside The Store In The Morning... The Store Manager Said, "Let's Try Splashing Some Water On It," And Holy Sh*t It Came Back To Life

This Frog Was Found All Dried Up And Withered Outside The Store In The Morning... The Store Manager Said, "Let's Try Splashing Some Water On It," And Holy Sh*t It Came Back To Life

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Zori the degu
Community Member
2 years ago

Something similar happened to me once, but well, the other way round. I was on a sea holiday and came upon a large blue dragonfly, drowned in the sea. Now, I was saddened for the poor thing, but also ecstatic, for I have a collection of pinned insects, all of which were found dead, for I just can't bring myself to kill alive ones for the purpose. I carried it around in my palm, wondering where exactly was I to put it, for I didn't have any other dragonflies and the thing was huge. Suddenly, it moved! A second later, again! It became progressively more active, until it could stand on its legs and turn his head around in curiosity! I separated its wings carefully(they stuck to each other from the salty water) and it shook itself a little. I left it cleaning itself on an oak on a quiet path and I do hope it recovered completely. :)

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#7

The Skeleton Of A Puffer Fish Is Pretty Metal

The Skeleton Of A Puffer Fish Is Pretty Metal

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Panda
Community Member
2 years ago

Nice

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#8

Damn Nature, You Scary...

Damn Nature, You Scary...

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MeggersTheFox
Community Member
2 years ago

That's the skull of a... mole? Groundhog?

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#9

Rome Yesterday

Rome Yesterday

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
2 years ago

wtf is that? looks like apocalypse coming

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#10

My Mum's Toilet After A Recent Flood

My Mum's Toilet After A Recent Flood

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Ellis
Community Member
2 years ago

“Of course you can do your business in the kitchen sink today, I understand”

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#11

Snapdragon Seed Pods Look Like Skulls

Snapdragon Seed Pods Look Like Skulls

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Shrunken heads...

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#12

Those Fishes Are Literally Lit

Those Fishes Are Literally Lit

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issam
Community Member
2 years ago

They are like : " neeeemo .. where are you !? "

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#13

The Eyes And Teeth Of A Scallop

The Eyes And Teeth Of A Scallop

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

Now I'm afraid of scallops.

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#14

This Is A Hammerhead Bat And Is By Far The Creepiest Animal I've Seen

This Is A Hammerhead Bat And Is By Far The Creepiest Animal I've Seen

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MeggersTheFox
Community Member
2 years ago

Aw, the megabattie just wants some love

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#15

My Gecko Ate His Tail

My Gecko Ate His Tail

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issam
Community Member
2 years ago

Okey Motherfucker !

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#16

This Is Why You Always Have To Check The Toilet In Australia

This Is Why You Always Have To Check The Toilet In Australia

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M.Shallow
Community Member
2 years ago

Just imagined sitting down without checking the toilet...

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#17

These Plants Look Like Tiny Hands

These Plants Look Like Tiny Hands

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Steve Bowman
Community Member
2 years ago

"Do you want to go UP or DOWN?"

Cass B
Community Member
2 years ago

"She chose doooownnn"

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Ladies and Gentlemen
Community Member
2 years ago

These plants have been the movie Mummy and taken that too seriously!

RedFox11
Community Member
2 years ago

No, these are called Kangaroo Paws and they're from Australia, they're actually really cute!!!

stellermatt
Community Member
2 years ago

you'll float too...

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

Cute??

Linda Christian
Community Member
2 years ago

These should be called Graboids

Christina Waite
Community Member
2 years ago

Inspiration for Nico Robin?

Niki
Community Member
2 years ago

i always used to run past this plant when i went past it in my garden bc my sister told me it would touch me.

Sue Edwards-Catt
Community Member
2 years ago

They are calle Kangaroo Paws

D Leh
Community Member
2 years ago

Nico Robin's ability

Rutger Körver
Community Member
2 years ago

Hattifnattar

Phillip Spicer
Community Member
2 months ago

kangaroo paw Australian native

Kimberley Stone
Community Member
2 months ago

They're called Kangaroo Paw. I'm gonna unnecessarily add that they're Australian.

Kimberley Stone
Community Member
2 months ago

Also these ones are past their prime. The healthy vibrant ones are bright yellow or red

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Anxious-lesbian-disaster
Community Member
4 months ago

I want one

X ElectricReaper X
Community Member
1 year ago

saiko yonabayashi from tokyo ghoul be like

Landon DeSonne
Community Member
1 year ago

I hate that movie

Makayla Bolton
Community Member
1 year ago

Nope nope nooooope

KCN
Community Member
2 years ago

Too freaky!

David Martin
Community Member
2 years ago

I AM GROOT

Elly Clifton
Community Member
2 years ago

That's why they are called Kangaroo Paws

pikachu
Community Member
2 years ago

am I one of the only few people who thinks of Nico Robin from One Piece when I see these?

Debra Stanfield
Community Member
2 years ago

Omg!!!! Why didn't we learn about this stuff in school

Karolína T.
Community Member
2 years ago

Is that orchid?

Amanda Scott
Community Member
2 years ago

They are the flowers of the kangaroo paw plant. They come in different colours and can be very pretty!

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Aileen Grist
Community Member
2 years ago

Sweet - in a creepy sort of way

Flavia Slag
Community Member
2 years ago

all the better to grab you with...

Kirsten Preston
Community Member
2 years ago

Lil spooky fairy hands.

John Stackhouse
Community Member
2 years ago

No thanks. I'll stick with my Orchids!

BusLady
Community Member
2 years ago

Not scary. Cute.

n.
Community Member
2 years ago

hello Dr. Strange dimension

KT Trondsen
Community Member
2 years ago

O.o

diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

it;s Charles Kingleys "waterbabies"" trying to get out

Kelly Horrigan
Community Member
2 years ago

wait....which way?

Susan Gardner
Community Member
2 years ago

Creepy

Just Curious
Community Member
2 years ago

Sorry to recycle my joke from another post, but these things look quite... disarming.

Lisa DeJarnette
Community Member
2 years ago

Well i found one that i dont care for. I think they look like baby hands. And if youve ever lost a child this is seriously able to screw with you.

Carmen Elena
Community Member
2 years ago

oh my it´s soo creepy...

VM Hiraii
Community Member
2 years ago

Nico Robin ability lol

Cassie
Community Member
2 years ago

Do not like!

Lilly Petit
Community Member
2 years ago

It just want to shake your hand...

Dian Ella Lillie
Community Member
2 years ago

Reminds me of Bowtruckles - I wonder if Newt Scamander is around...

Rebecca Shields
Community Member
2 years ago

Kangaroo paw

Luna rivers
Community Member
2 years ago

Imagine if corals looked like this

Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

These are the grasps of those passed away trough gore. (good start for a novel, maybe)

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#18

The Clathrus Archeri Fungus Resembles Some Pretty Metal Tentacles Sprouting From An Alien Egg When It Blooms

The Clathrus Archeri Fungus Resembles Some Pretty Metal Tentacles Sprouting From An Alien Egg When It Blooms

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M.Shallow
Community Member
2 years ago

I thought that was an egg that had burst with the animal bleeding inside.

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#19

Currently Renovating Our Floors. Seems Everyone Has Come Out Of Hiding

Currently Renovating Our Floors. Seems Everyone Has Come Out Of Hiding

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MeggersTheFox
Community Member
2 years ago

That was in your house and you just chilled and took a picture of it. Your bravery has no end

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#20

All I Know Is That It Needs To Burn

All I Know Is That It Needs To Burn

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Ashley Say Wha?!?
Community Member
2 years ago

Why has it not burned yet?

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#21

Deer Skull After Sitting In Water For Over A Year

Deer Skull After Sitting In Water For Over A Year

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issam
Community Member
2 years ago

Aren't those one of those creatures in lord of the ring ?

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#22

The Frog That Caught A Spider

The Frog That Caught A Spider

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Talia Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

That shadow tho...

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#23

A Leopard Seal Peering Through A Veil Of Plankton

A Leopard Seal Peering Through A Veil Of Plankton

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M.Shallow
Community Member
2 years ago

"Join meeeeeeeeeee" It says

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#24

Acid Spitting Ants

Acid Spitting Ants

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Mojones
Community Member
2 years ago

Damn fine Antillery you got there

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#25

Articulated Cobra Skeleton

Articulated Cobra Skeleton

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MeggersTheFox
Community Member
2 years ago

Just as scary as it was alive

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#26

Black Swallower Died Trying To Eat A Fish 4 Times Its Size

Black Swallower Died Trying To Eat A Fish 4 Times Its Size

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Ellis
Community Member
2 years ago

Jeeeez...

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#27

The Statue Being Swallowed By A Tree

The Statue Being Swallowed By A Tree

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MeggersTheFox
Community Member
2 years ago

Nah that's just Halie trying to save her little sister

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#28

A Lizard Eating A Cockroach Alive At My House Porch

A Lizard Eating A Cockroach Alive At My House Porch

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Psyche
Community Member
2 years ago

good job lizard!

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#29

My Dad Sent Me This Photo. Water Mocassin? Tennessee

My Dad Sent Me This Photo. Water Mocassin? Tennessee

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Abigail Broughton
Community Member
2 years ago

That's actually kind of cool

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#30

Attack Of Legionary Ants (Also Known As Army Ants Or Marabunta) To A Wasp Honeycomb

Attack Of Legionary Ants (Also Known As Army Ants Or Marabunta) To A Wasp Honeycomb

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Nadja Lambacher
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2 years ago

That bridge is impressive O_o.

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#31

Chameleon Mummified Alive By The Tropical Sun

Chameleon Mummified Alive By The Tropical Sun

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Zori the degu
Community Member
2 years ago

Why isn't this on the top? I'd like to have one to scare my guests, though.

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#32

The Inside Of A Gooses Mouth

The Inside Of A Gooses Mouth

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MeggersTheFox
Community Member
2 years ago

So the next time you see a goose, sparrow no time and migrate the honk out of that coop!

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#33

This Snake Covered In Ticks

This Snake Covered In Ticks

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Ellis
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2 years ago

Didn’t think I could ever feel sorry for a snake, until I saw this post...

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#34

These New Fish Species Can Survive In Volcanoes And They’re The Stuff Of Nightmares

These New Fish Species Can Survive In Volcanoes And They’re The Stuff Of Nightmares

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

More scrolling down.

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#35

After A Weekend Storm In New England, A Puffer Fish Was Found In A Tree

After A Weekend Storm In New England, A Puffer Fish Was Found In A Tree

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Ellis
Community Member
2 years ago

The answer my friend, is blowin’ in the wind

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#36

The Lamprey Fish

The Lamprey Fish

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Zori the degu
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes, they do suck blood.

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#37

A Mother Whip Spider Carrying Her Babies On Her Back

A Mother Whip Spider Carrying Her Babies On Her Back

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issam
Community Member
2 years ago

Nope .

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#38

5-Legged Frog That Lives In The Marsh Behind Our Neighborhood

5-Legged Frog That Lives In The Marsh Behind Our Neighborhood

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Talia Johnson
Community Member
2 years ago

I'd maybe stay as far away as possible from that marsh...

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#39

This Hornets Nest Looks Kind Of Like A Hornet’s Head

This Hornets Nest Looks Kind Of Like A Hornet’s Head

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Abigail Broughton
Community Member
2 years ago

Are you my mummy?

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#40

Dolphin Caught A Squid, Trailing The Ink Behind It

Dolphin Caught A Squid, Trailing The Ink Behind It

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Diarrhoea: also a problem in aquatic mammals.

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#41

A Jungle Perch With A Surprise

A Jungle Perch With A Surprise

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Rhea Hambum
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2 years ago

Howdelly doodlly neighbour

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#42

Lavafall

Lavafall

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

And people taking pictures instead of running for their lives.

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#43

This Spider Web That Looks Like A Spider-Man Mask

This Spider Web That Looks Like A Spider-Man Mask

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Phoebe Bean
Community Member
2 years ago

The spider's favorite movie!

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#44

The Giant Isopod, Found In The Deep Seas And Is An Example Of Deep-Sea Gigantism

The Giant Isopod, Found In The Deep Seas And Is An Example Of Deep-Sea Gigantism

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VM Hiraii
Community Member
2 years ago

Kabuto

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#45

One Big Spider

One Big Spider

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

How?

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#46

Take A Seat

Take A Seat

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VM Hiraii
Community Member
2 years ago

Nawp

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#47

Goliath Tiger Fish, Congo River

Goliath Tiger Fish, Congo River

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issam
Community Member
2 years ago

This is what LOL literally looks like . I guess .

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#48

Sweet Potato Creepily Resembles Human Heart

Sweet Potato Creepily Resembles Human Heart

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Psyche
Community Member
2 years ago

maybe it is.. human heart resembling a potato

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#49

The Largest Scar You'll Ever See

The Largest Scar You'll Ever See

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Yet it survived. Impressive.

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#50

Close Up Of Moth Outside My Window

Close Up Of Moth Outside My Window

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Hans
Community Member
2 years ago

Fascinating critters actually. Butterflies of the night!

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