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How do you not get carried away by the current when you are a small larva at the bottom of a river? Do like human divers and ball! The larvae of trichoptera build a sheath, a real little knitting. This varies depending on the species, some choose to knit small pebbles, leaf or wood debris ...
The cold of the Swiss snow does not slow down the ardor of the male ibex. The latter is in heat at the beginning of the year and approaches the stagnant, the female who is still with her kid. Both brave the cold, scraping the snow to feed on a few blades of grass. Find many photos full of sweetness.
They are thousands under our feet at every moment ... we believe we know them but ignore everything about the incredible life of the earthworm, a tireless plowman who makes our soils fertile, professional decomposer who saves us from organic waste, unknown manufacturer of cocoons , prey to a swarm of other animals who take advantage of its abundance, a strange being who dies withered at the slightest ray of sunlight but can drown in the event of heavy rain.
Here is an unusual journey into the secret life of the most unknown of garden animals.
Far from being the habitat of a single species, the hairy galls present on the roses, called bedegar or barbe de Saint-Pierre, constitute in themselves a kind of ecosystem. The rosebush cynips, a small wasp lays in the stems of roses, leaving a trace of its passage. It is then the beginning of the growth of the bédégar which lodges the larvae of the cynips which only ask to grow quietly. This is without counting the parasitoids, "the parasites of the parasites", like Glyphomerus stigma, another small wasp which lays its eggs in the larvae of the cynips. This is how the bédégar emerges, different small wasps, unless these have made the happiness of the birds that have gutted the bédégar during the winter. Glyphomerus stigma has made a "pact" with the rose bush, the adult feeds on, among other things, secretions produced by the red growths at the edge of rose leaves. The bédégar is an exciting little word!
It was not the snipe but the woodcock which flew in large numbers above Clocher-les-Bécasses, the village of the heroine Bécassine. This is how she would have had her strange name. Unlike the young country maid, the snipe has a long beak which allows it to search the mud in the marshes. Drainage of the latter, urbanization leads to a decrease in numbers.
Osmias have more than 40 species in Europe, they are hairy and stocky. No large colony in hives like their cousins the honey bees, but the most diverse nests: in the hollow branches they find in insect hotels, or more surprisingly in the empty snail shells!
A birth, an apprenticeship of life with his mother, follow the young life of the lion.
The boar has the image of a boorish animal. To get rid of them, you have to observe the sow with her young, she takes care of the boars with kindness, suckling them, sharing life in the forest with them.
The general public often confuses the coot with the moorhen, yet it is easily distinguished with its white beak, in the moorhen it is the red that wins. On the other hand, the little ones are adorned with red on the head dotted with yellow down, giving it an air of crazy ..... lque!
Winter is coming and the elegant ermine will change her costume, adorning herself in snow white, keeping just a black brush at the end of her tail. This small mammal, cousin of the marten and the marten, can be seen above 1000 meters in altitude, but also in the groves of Auvergne or Ardennes. Curiously, it is Brittany that chooses it as a symbol ...
We know that sharks have a bad reputation with humans. Perhaps he would change his mind when he saw the ballets they are performing in the transparent waters of Polynesia. It is about twenty species that can come around divers looking for thrills. The less reckless can see them during a feeding.
A tiny male turns around Madame argiope-hornet ... Once fertilized, her abdomen swells and then the laying begins, orange eggs accumulate forming a kind of large egg yolk! Madame argiope then weaves a cocoon with meticulousness ... At their birth, the little argiopes, discover their universe.
These plants are the aliens of the plant world! Orobanches seek the products of photosynthesis from other plants thanks to a specific organ, the haustorium. Broomrapes still have small leaves, but reduced to scales. The dodders have completely abandoned the leaves, and even the roots! Like little vampires, they plant their suckers directly into the stems of their host plants.
So present in our rivers, that one might think that it has always been there but it is not! He escaped from breeding for his fur in the 19th century. It cannot be confused with the other star mammal of the river, the beaver, the nutria has a long, slender tail. He takes funny postures for his long toilet, but he is not very picky about his teeth which display a beautiful orange color!
The many shallow seas of the Philippines are full of stranger beings each other. In this profusion of life, the crabs have acquired incredible shapes and colors of incredible diversity. Between the orangutan, the cheerleader or the crab which takes itself for a pebble, it is sometimes difficult to navigate. Very clever also the one who can detect the crab of the alcyonarians which resembles to be mistaken for the soft corals in which they are found. Special mention for the decorator crab who thinks he's a gardener, growing sponges on his shell.
White or black when it is young, with spots when it is larger, the gray seal is far from being only a dull gray! We imagine it on the ice floe, but it is visible in France, on the coasts of the English Channel, the Bay of Somme is famous for its presence. Here are photos showing her attitudes, the relationships between mothers and their young ...
This beautiful wader who can live up to 17 years is so threatened that the Bird Protection League (LPO) has dedicated a website to him. Its populations have decreased by 75% in 30 years in Europe. The LPO has initiated a monitoring and protection program for the Barge in Vendée and Pays de la Loire.
Animals come to the city, to our gardens, to our homes!
On the occasion of confinement, the LPO (Bird Protection League) relaunches its large inventory of birds that can be seen in our gardens or from our window. It is an opportunity to use your free time to help biodiversity.
It is one of the biggest tits and it is also the most common in France. She likes to eat on the fat balls arranged for them to spend the bad season. Spring returns and nests are made, in mailboxes or other more surprising places!
With an imposing surface, varied environments and climatic conditions, Iran presents very diverse reptile and amphibian species.
Our children have wooden rides, the animals have rides "dad-mom". A little ride on the back of the mammal parents as in the grebes, pangolin or in the mouth of mama lion or tiger, but also more surprising, all the offspring on the back of the parents scorpion or spider!
For the French, there is Lake Der en Champagne to admire thousands of cranes in the winter season, for the Spanish, it is the lagoon of Gallocanta in the northeast of Madrid that offers this show! In the midst of the remains of pastoral activities, cranes glean, fly and argue under the sharp eye of our spanish photographer David Jerez.
The Durance is the largest river in Provence, but its dams has led to a decline in biodiversity. There are, however, some heritage species such as blageon and toxostome, as well as apron from the Rhône, which is a very endangered fish. The river loach is still very significantly present.
Really ugly little swan? Just out of the egg, it is not in the canons of beauty, but the cygnons are quickly covered with a nice down. After this juvenile period, the young people become bristling with small feathers, this thankless phase does not last, the adult is a majestic animal, but so common that we do not notice it anymore!
Just sit in your garden, take a magnifying glass, and take the time to observe nature ... it has been shown that our time in nature allows us to live better ...
A funny look, funny habits: the ibijau is certainly a funny bird. This inhabitant of the tropical forests of America has been the subject of very few scientific studies to date, and for good reason! Past master in the art of camouflage, ibijau is very difficult to observe in its natural environment. It is in Belize, this small country of Central America where Frédéric Consejo lives for 14 years, that he was lucky to be able to photograph this bird as a family as rare as bizarre.
The seagull of Gaston Lagaffe had to be inspired by its congeners in flesh and feathers to invent his antics. The black-headed gull does not hesitate to take strange postures for his courtship displays.
Imagine reduced to a small ant, the nature appears gigantic, the dragonflies become impressive flying machines, the flowers of the buildings to climb, a simple channel of water, a river ...
The Rockhopper penguin has a hair characteristic, beautiful blonde feathers ... Find him, doing the clown in the water, preparing for a dive back, but also taking care of his little and protecting his egg ....
But what's going on in a hive? The workers knead the wax, fill the alveoli with pollen ... the eggs become larvae before becoming a worker ... But tragedies are tragedy: the larva of false moth eats wax endangering the life of the hive, young Bees are born with atrophied wings, workers enter the royal boxes to kill the queen larvae ...
From Peloponnese to Corfu Island, here is a focus on wild Greek orchids and their flower cousins. Here is a nature vision far from the crowd of the full tourist season.
Host often present on our French ponds, it is the little brother of the Great Crested Grebe. the adult seems to have never finished his growth! Its nest, directly on the water, its sudden plunges, its little ones, with their black and white pajamas like jailed escaped thugs make the grebe a lovable animal. Its name "castagneux", "chestnut", comes directly from the red color of his head.
His long bushy tail, his coat of fire, his little face can not leave indifferent. Not to mention that the red elf is not stingy with appearances, it is not uncommon to meet him in private gardens and parks in town. What to be loved by everyone!
Sea lions and Marlins join the sardines to perform a ballet in the waters of Mexico. Beauty photos but reality much rougher, its two predators are in full hunt!
Balkis, 8 years old, wants to become a veterinarian, but wild animals! The first step is to feed them. At the Beauval Zoo, she discovers the life of the marmosets and composes a meal for them. An encouraging first experience! She also discovers that animals, although coming from hot countries, suffer from the heat, especially on this day of July 15th, also final of the football world cup! It was an opportunity to see the panda family alone, the queues being totally empty!
The coot is easily observable by all in the wetlands in the countryside, but also in town! She is often confused with the water fowl, however her beak is white unlike the latter which has a red beak. At birth, the young wear a plumage all ruffled red orange, then the "teenagers" prefer a dress more discreet, gray. Parents are very caring for their young, protecting them at the nest, feeding them, teaching them to look for food ...
If some confuse the deer with the deer, it is because they have never seen one next to the other: the deer weighs in the 250kg, his cousin the deer, ten times less! It is true that he shows himself more often leaping sometimes to two meters high over a length of six meters, a sacred performance for this animal one meter high from the top of the ear to the bottom of the hoof ... Discover the birth and life of this beautiful animal from our forests.
One would think that the biggest felin that one can find in Europe would be the cat, but it does not count with the Lynx which made its reappearance in the 70s in the Jura then in 1983 in the Vosges thanks to releases. Of the four species of Lynx in the world, our Boreal Lynx is the biggest with its weight that can reach 35kg. This big cat makes his toilet, goes up to the trees like his cousin Felis catus, but unlike the latter, he does not hesitate to feast on deer or chamois that he himself hunted!
The Canada Goose actually comes from North America, but by its introduction in Europe, it has returned to our daily landscape. It is the largest of the geese and one can only be moved when one sees his little ones, all of yellow dressed to move on land or on the water.
Look for poetry in nature! The spider's spider's abdomens are inspirational: the diadem epithet and its diamond-like dots, the cucumber spangle that blends into the herbs, the "skull" epeeire that sports two empty orbits and a mouth screaming, the dromedary epic and its ... two bumps! the list is long of his little spiders that would not hurt a man, but a fly!
In Europe, we have the fox, in Africa and Asia, they have the Jackal, it is him that we find in fables as smart animal! The Jackal belongs to the family of dogs and has a life that resembles us: a monogamous couple and cubs. Each family monitors a territory and hunts alone or as a couple of small prey or tries to have a rest of the feast of large carnivores!
France has one of the largest plant diversity in Europe, but most of our wild flowers are in decline or even disappearing:
- 80% of the wetlands disappeared in a century, goodbye marsh flowers ...
- Pesticides, deep plowing and sown meadows, goodbye wildflowers and country bouquets ...
- Beaches raked for tourists and sterilized as swimming pools, goodbye flowers of the dunes ...
- Global warming and migration of species to the peaks, farewell flowers of the high mountains ...
Among all those victims who are likely to draw their bow, here are some officially protected in France, but always destroyed with their living environment.
Slice of agate, quartz, Azure, fluorite... they are of all colors and beauty.
Who has never heard the groundhogs whistling in the summer mountain! You can watch it with its little ones playing and for the lucky ones to catch a breastfeeding! In the fall, she is active preparing her cozy burrow for the whole family.
They are all at the edge of the river, but do not all have the same fishing technique. There are those who watch from heaven and dive at once and those who do not want to get wet and who only dip their beaks. Conversely, the champions of apnea do after a long drying in the sun ...
If you could not hear or see nocturnal raptors during the night of the owl on Saturday, March 11th, it will be possible to meet the owl of the marsh, which has morals more diurnal than its congeners.
Imagine a four-meter newborn baby ... her mum is the humpback whale aka Megaptera novaeangliae, Megaptera means big wing, an allusion to her so big fins. She does not hesitate to show them with her big jumps.
This young boar seeks company in this herd of Montbéliard cows. He even invites himself in the stable to the biggest surprise of the heifers!
Penguin silted on the beach
Who has never seen chamois?
Halloween, thin bats!
Santa's reindeer really travel!
Census of a rare species, the woodcock
Spring is coming and our national duck is moving in all directions! It is beautiful to please her beautiful. This is a terrible rush that is created between males! Once born, ducklings are very active, learning to hunt insects and not hesitating to rub the other species such as nutria.
Tropical forests are disappearing at a dramatic pace and in Europe a real primary forest is no more than a memory, we have returned to the era of the Anthropocene. However, the world is so vast that there are still forgotten places kept away from all human considerations. Frederic Demeuse wanted to explore these lost places: primary or high natural forests in Sweden and Finland, in the Jura, in the mountain valleys of the French Pyrenees and in the Vosges, in Belarus, Croatia, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Montenegro, Poland, in the different remote regions of the Balkans and Carpathians of Romania, as well as in the temperate rainforests of the North-West Pacific, in the laurisilve, subtropical forest relic of the Tertiary era of the Canary Islands, and in the the most remote parts of the Rwenzori Mountains between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We can ask ourselves the question: what is the relationship of our societies to nature? For Frédéric, penetrating into this spontaneous nature was like a trip back in time, a return to a forgotten past. Or perhaps a journey to an imaginary but nevertheless inexorable future, where nature in free evolution would have taken over on humanity?
The Institut Pasteur is an internationally recognized biomedical research center, created in 1887. One of the teams visited Guyana during a small mammal capture session as part of a study on emerging viral diseases.
Treize chevaux Tarpans ont parcouru plus de 1000 kilomètres en camion entre la Belgique et l'Espagne. Leur mission ? Aider leurs congénères à consommer la végétation afin d’empêcher le milieu de se refermer. Mais aussi aider, par leur présence, le tourisme ! Notre photographe, travaillant dans le domaine de la grotte de Han en Belgique a suivi les chevaux jusqu’à leur arrivée.
Quelle a du être la surprise du zoologiste Blainville quand il y a 200 ans, en 1817, il observe pour la première fois un dauphin dans les eaux de l'Amazone! A cause de la couleur de ses eaux, il apparait rose, mais il est en fait gris.
L'araignée Saltis n'hésite pas à faire de grandes séances d'élongation. Elle fait signe à sa promise qu'il est temps de s'accoupler!
Forêt mais aussi milieu ouvert se partage ce coteau où il est bon de découvrir une faune et une flore diversifiées.
Au zoo de Sigean, c'est toute une équipe (incluant même un vétérinaire de Paris) qui est nécessaire pour cette manucure, le "parage" qui se fait à la meuleuse, après, bien sûr, anesthésie générale!
Un plan de développement durable est mis en place à Guancaste au Costa-Rica. Les population indigènes ont l'autorisation d'un quota de prélèvement d’œufs de tortue selon leur usage ancestral malgré la protection de l'espèce. En échange ils empêchent le braconnage et protègent les adultes. Ce programme a permis aux populations de tortues de remonter dans ce secteur.
Ces minuscules animaux sont juste des petits points à l'oeil nu, mais se revèle plein de couleurs au microscope. En 2015, c'est l'année internationale des sols de la FAO et notre photographe va sortir un livre sur ces petites bêtes en collaboration avec un scientifique.
Jérémy Tornos étudie les oiseaux marins de l'île de Hornøya en Norvège. des GLS, capteurs mesurant l'intensité lumineuse sont placés sur les animaux, pour connaître leurs zones d'hivernage. Des GPS permettent aussi de comprendre les stratégies des mouettes en cas d'échec de nidification.
Héron, grue, bihoreau, ils sont nombreux à se retrouver le long de l'Allier. Le héron mérite qu'on lui attribue trois oscars en tant qu'artiste dans le rôle du pêcheur, du mannequin et du comique. Les grues cendrées, elles, ne restent que le temps de l'hiver, mais forment dans le ciel des grands V qui font la joie des ornithologistes.
Tendresse, dureté, on trouve tous les sentiments au coeur de la réserve du Masaï Mara au Kenya. Photos primées lors de concours, portfolio dans Nat'images, Nicolas fait partie de la génération montante des photographes nature.
Iconic , polar bears do not leave anyone indifferent . Discover them in Alaska and in Wapusk National Park in Canada.
Fontainebleau forest 50 km south of the capital will soon shine with bright colors . What distract Parisian missing out.
French Polynesia, it's not that relaxing on the beaches . Tourists more and more , come see the black tip sharks , the red-footed boobies and their chicks that look like bags of feathers ...
When the visitor walks through the rainforest, he misses most of its biodiversity! animals, birds, monkeys ... and flora , orchids are perched in the canopy. Tanguy Deville is a follower of the photo above sea level.
In late May, early June, births multiply in chamois. Standing in an hour, they follow their mother before joining the herd.
While some fishermen would make disappear seals the English Channel and the North Sea, the Picardie Nature Association organizes an annual relâchage of pups abandoned by their mother. At 3 months, the team is a tag that will leave in the spring.
Thierry Eidenweil plunged into the seas of the world. The Bahamas, Philippines, he met many species of sharks: tiger, lemon .. and the impressive whale shark.
Fishing in the midst of a multitude of salmon, relations between the bear and her cubs, discover the life of grizzly.
3000 inhabitants of these islands off the coast of Argentina, but much more for wildlife that does not go unnoticed. King penguins, albatrosses
Green frog lives near water. She likes to put the sun to warm up. Before becoming a frog, it is transformed! The tadpole will have legs and loses its tail. Singing frogs! They inflate their membranes and thereby more strongly croak! But what could be more fun than the mating season? They are so real stunt!
Every spring there is the great spectacle of breeding common frogs and common toads. The coupling takes place in water, the male clings on the back of the female body by firmly gripping thereof. The couple formed the male let go not taken until spawning. The concern is that sometimes this man is wrong: what's wrong!
In Guinea, the Conservation Centre is a sanctuary for chimpanzees cope with the emergency. Orphans are collected, they are often traumatized by their capture and in poor health. The work of volunteers is to treat but also to teach them to become chimpanzees, return to nature, more group because their lifestyle is clan.
Leisure center, children learn to respect and help nature. Thanks to a host of the Natural Park of Haut-Jura, children recover amphibians along the road and bring them to their place of living.
In Bolivia, a young woman invested in the defense of nature, produces prints. Puma, but also wild cat and agouti.
The world of fungi is a vast universe fascinating, surprisingly varied and often majestic. Variety of shapes, colors, aspects, postures and odors, these issues can turn into true works of art.
An orange flash, just to disturb the green of the rainforest? The male Rooster Rock. Researchers have studied in Guyana GEPOG this magnificent bird. Capture operation, banding and telemetric monitoring were chained to the LIFE + program CAPDOM.
Rhesus monkeys live in cities with the men in India.
This centuries-old forest and "highly natural" covers more than 150,000 acres straddling the north-eastern Poland and Belarus. Over 5000 hectares in Polish territory are classified into full strict reserve and a proposed doubling of the area under protection is underway.
So small, to look so fragile babies bat, just like their parents hang by their feet. When they join their mother, they cling to "false nipples" to suck on pacifiers true. Many behaviors to discover.
They live in Guyana but two are quite different: the Atele and black howler monkeys. Both live in groups, but the howler like leaves, has a fairly low metabolism and a placid temperament. The Atele, mainly frugivorous is more active and moves a lot. Can compare their lives to highlight their relationship to plants and the adaptations that result.
Her mom's kid has been surprised by giving birth, this little deer is leucique. A sharp contrast with his brother who is like other deer.
Here is a park that has a large body of water that hosts a rich fauna, including Asian elephants.
To be continued: Screenshots of Alpine ibex in the Belledonne hypodermic rifle by agents of the National Office for Hunting and Wildlife. Relachage of ibex in the presence of Chantal Jouanno through the reintroduction of the ibex in the Chartreuse (Isere / Savoie).
See birth of a cub is exceptional: we discover the birthing somewhat apart, then the mother takes her to the small group that recognizes. The scenario is repeated for the other ones. Photos taken in early November 2011.
Every year during the austral winter, the cold waters of the Atlantic back along the east coast of South Africa. Huge shoals of sardines then follow suit. Closely followed by a host of predators, the Sardine Run sound for many of them the end of the trip. The orgy is excessive, the struggle to survive, thank you, and the images breathtaking!
Lovers of the North and the great outdoors, we went to look for musk oxen in the last lights of autumn and the first snow in Norway. Different herds, first of all worried by our presence, have come to accept us, allowing us to observe their behavior. 7 days, eye to eye with Ovibos ...
Each year, the Monarchs, who live much of the year in North America, begin a long journey south when cold weather arrives. 4000km migration remains mysterious insect living only two months, several generations pass between the departure and return in the north. How do they do every year to find a place where they have never been?
Beaver, freshwater sponges, life abounds in the Rhone. Most impressive are the clusters of dozens of catfish, fish that can exceed 2m50! These clusters are often several meters thick. Scientifically, the reasons for these groupings are, for now, unknown. One of the photos has been awarded at ASFERICO 2011.
Ecuador moves to the forefront of the international environmental scene, launching a unique initiative, "Yasuni ITT. The idea? Preserving the natural resources of its Amazon basin the price of non-exploitation of oil reserves. The condition? That the international community compensates loss by paying half the price of oil untapped ...
After an initial screening of wildlife apparent, our experimenter uses a Berlese trap. This trap can be made from a plastic bottle whose bottom is cut and the neck netted and placed above a tube of harvest. The compost is heated to progressively through a lamp. Wildlife will migrate towards the bottom of the bottle and fall harvest in the tube.
At all seasons, Stéfane Gautier follows the lives of the natural reserve of the Val d'Allier. Over 250 species of birds, some rare ones like the stone curlew, are present. Bird paradise, it is managed by Bird Protection League, which organizes outings.
The bees have a life that is not easy, they must defend themselves against the varroa mite and wax moth who prey on larvae also attack the Asian hornet hives .. Follow the steps in the life of a bee: egg, larva, birth, participation in community life, communication, construction of the royal box ...
An activity that provides information on the eating habits of the hedgehog.
The Asian Hornet arrived in France in 2004 in the Bordeaux region. Since it continues to proliferate, causing adverse effects on bee populations. Check out this hornet in nature but also in the studio.
Born from the glaciers of the Massif there are over 10,000 years, fueled by heavy rains, the Jura bogs are an important feature of the montane. With a rich ecosystem functioning original, they are home to many species of plants and animals that we reveal some of their secrets ...
The Seychelles are known for their beautiful beaches, very recognizable with their blocks of stone, but also a lush. A quick overview of the lady going to the turtle.
Mountain life is characterized by a reduction in the length of seasons as and as altitude increases. Low temperatures, high thermal amplitudes, strong winds and powerful UV radiation occur on the form and plant biology. This walk in the country of plants you will impress your friends on rides!
These monkeys are endemic to the mountains of Ethiopia are not threatened but may become so its distribution is restricted. They attract attention with their smile "carnivore" long canines for deterrence only, they are herbivores!
The vultures, named "Jatayu" in Nepal have declined by over 95% since the beginning of the 20th. Nepali Associations fight this decline as that followed by Patrick Correia. She buys livestock at the end of life it brings to the vultures: the "restaurant".
Many pictures of beavers at dusk while an animal is very active at night! Thus, Didier follows members of a beaver family, they swim, play, pick up twigs, cut branches, trees, transport them, eat them, and groom often at least ten yards away.
It eats its slough, catching insects with its tongue as long as he, the chameleon is a strange animal ..
The status of tigers today is alarming in India. 100 years ago could still encrypt their population at 100,000 people, today they are more than a thousand good. One reason for their disappearance is poaching, but also the loss of their habitat, the population of India increases by 22 million people per year ... and forests suffer.
Discover the remarkable trees of the forest of Crecy in the Somme (North of France).
Distribution of popcorn from an old lady .. macaques in the town of Lopburi Thiland are pampered! Fun on the electric son, "squat" in the temples .. coexistence with humans are going well in this "urban jungle". The picture of this monkey balancing was awarded at Festival of Montier-en-Der, 2008 and finalist in BBC Wildlife 2008.
Striking photos, a world highly colored, supernatural .. Yet that is alive and well ..
Sylvain and Marie-Anne, two young biologists and photographers spent a year to discover the nature of Costa Rica. They worked in different ecovolunteers as reserves for the Protection of spider monkeys and turtles.
Beavers back in force in the basin of the Loire. Follow them with Sylvain who has the chance to see them through his work at the national office of hunting and wildlife.
Multitude of species in the Bardia National Park.
The association awarded its annual TREES label "remarkable tree" to a dozen French trees. Its president, George Feterman photographer has documented photographically Naturimages among dozens of such specimens.