Mar 4

In recognition of the Great Daffodil Appeal for Marie Curie today, ARKive presents the top 10 most fashionable species that can pull off yellow!

Just flexing my muscles

Golden poison frog photo

Talk about show-stopping! The golden poison frog is lurid yellow for a reason. Its skin is drenched in alkaloid poison which prevents nerves from transmitting impulses, leaving muscles in an inactive state of contraction. It has even been known to kill humans who have touched its skin. Let this frog’s fashion be a warning to you!

Wait, wait, one of my feathers is out of place…

Golden parakeet photo

With its glorious yellow plumage, the golden parakeet is highly prized in the caged-bird trade so no wonder our feathered fashionista is a bit of a poser. To enhance its beauty it also has a white or pinkish ring around each eye, just to give extra effect when it flutters its eyelashes. So vain!

No photos today please, have you seen my hair this morning!

Lowland streaked tenrec photo

The lowland streaked tenrec is a bit of a punk rocker on the fashion front, but these specialized quills have an important function. Mothers and young vibrate the quills to communicate, creating a low pitched noise. If threatened, they also raise the spines around their neck and buck their head violently to try and lodge the spines into the attacker. In this case looks really can kill, or at least hurt a bit!

I think that lady just looked at me….ooo yeah!

Weedy seadragon photo

Believe it or not, weedy seadragons actually rely on camouflage as protection from predators. With their leaf like appendages, they resemble swaying seaweed as they drift in the water. Clearly this male wanted to show off and glow yellow in the limelight leaving the security of the seaweed. Unfortunately for the ladies this man is already taken, as you can see by the fact that he is carrying those bright pink eggs!

Smile for the photo darling…

Photo of a pair of buff-cheeked gibbons

The female buff-cheeked gibbons have been blessed with blonde, luscious locks. The males have not been so lucky in the looks department and although are born blonde, they later turn black. This couple will have a unique song which is initiated by the male. The female then sings along with the male to strengthen their relationship, and announce to the gibbon-world that they are in love. Awww.

If I just stand here a bit longer I might enhance my beautiful yellow tan

Yellow iris photo

The shade of the yellow iris was clearly thought to be on trend, as it was once used to produce yellow dye. It was even used in folk medicine to cure many ailments such as coughs, convulsions and cramp. Now that’s what you call practical fashion!

How much longer do I have to hang like this? My neck is starting to cramp up!

Photo of a death’s-head hawkmoth

When this death’s-head hawkmoth caterpillar stops posing and grows up, it will be able to mimic the scent of bees so it can steal honey from beehives. Its tongue is very strong, which means it can pierce the wax cells of a beehive and suck the delicious honey out. Unfortunately this youngster will lose its fiery yellow hue as it morphs into an adult, so it’s making the best of its modelling career now!

Check me out, I’m the king of the beasts, and beauties for that matter!

Lion photo

The male lion with his majestic mane and tawny tendrils is surely one of the most beautiful species wearing yellow. When he was a young nipper he had brown rosettes which in many cases, disappear with maturity, however this male has kept his to stand out from the crowd. 

I am one fit bird!

Yellow oriole photo

A typical morning for the yellow oriole, pampering itself before a treetop photo-shoot. It has put on its black eye mask for a sultry spring look, and will probably show off a bit later with its sensational melodious fluting song. Watch this space; the yellow oriole could be Britain’s next top model.

We all live in a yellow submarine…

ARKive Team

And at number 10, it’s the yellow humans that inhabit the ARKive office. They’ve morphed into their yellow form for one day only in honour of the Great Daffodil Appeal for Marie Curie Cancer Care. We managed to get a photo of them before they jetted off to their next shoot in Paris! Yellow has never been pulled off so well! 

What is your favourite yellow species on ARKive? Let us know!

Rebecca Sennett and Rebecca Taylor, ARKive Media Research Assistants