The Blue Morpho Butterfly is a beautiful brown — yes, brown — butterfly. The microscopic scales on this rainforest butterfly manipulate light, reflecting back an intense blue light that makes them appear blue.
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Normally, these little guys would be vulnerable to being picked up by predators such as vultures, sea gulls, raccoons, possums, coyotes, and people. But this is a very lucky nest of Olive Ridley Sea Turtle hatchlings; they are making their way to the water across a Costa Rican beach from a protected nest, under the watch of volunteers.
That is a Sacoglossan Sea Slug, found in French Polynesia. It is one of the many kinds of life documented over a 24 hour period in one cubic foot underwater by photographer David Liittschwager.
National Geographic has a great (flash) interactive photo gallery, including videos(!), of the five ecosystems that David explored and documented: forest in Central Park, a coral reef in French Polynesia, a Costa Rican tropical cloud forest, South African mountain fynbos (a collection of plants that are mainly shrubs), and a fresh water river in Tennessee.