Category Archives: photography

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Sturtevant sent us three arthropods: I have been taking pictures of insects with my trusty little pocket camera. This has been tremendous fun.  At first I thought these were large bumblebees, but I have since learned they are carpenter bees! This is the Eastern carpenter bee, Xylocopa virginica, on hydrangea. If you want to […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (with moar biology)

Whales—our first cetacean! Reader Bruce Lyon [JAC note: I originally misattributed these photos to another reader; my apologies] sent these photographs on September 4, with lots of information: I am sending some Humpback whale photos. Most where taken yesterday but a couple are from a from a month ago. I also include a link to a […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and a biology lesson)

Regular Diane G., whom I thought was mostly into birds, sent a bunch of Monarch butterfly pictures as well as an extra lep species. She also has two questions for butterfly mavens—see after picture #4: Last Friday I was birding on the shores of Lake Erie, at a site that consisted of several large impoundments bordered by causeways, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have photos from two readers today. Stephen Barnard has sent us four pictures from Idaho and notes. The first is a beautiful vesper sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) , which he originally misidentified: I’ve started to make lists, like a 19th century naturalist or a modern day birder. I thought this was a Song Sparrow because they’re […]

Reader’s wildlife photos

JAC: Today Former Dean Cobb contributes some urban wildlife. There’s a quiz (no prize, but warm congratulations if you solve it) in the next-to-last photo. by Matthew Cobb Here are some photos I took in a very urban setting – the quad of the Michael Smith Building at the University of Manchester, on the corner of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Bruce Lyon, whose photos from China appeared not long ago, has sent us some more: Here are few more bird photos from my June trip to China. I visited Kuankuoshui (KKS) Nature Reserve, where two Chinese colleagues study interspecific brood parasitism in cuckoos. The cuckoos are obligate brood parasites that never have their own […]

Pittsburgh: #3

All I have time for this morning, before the meetings begin, is to post photos, which itself is a time-consuming exercise. But read this all, as awesome noms are at the bottom. I met my friend, the reader known as “Hempenstein,” who is a retired biochemist living in Pittsburgh. He just bought a large and […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

We have pictures from several readers today.  First, a plea for ID from reader Jeremy, who isn’t quite sure about this insect: I was hiking around Pelee Island on Lake Erie when I came across this little fella.  I think it might be a black-legged meadow katydid (Orchelimum nigripes) but I’m not quite sure.  He was producing […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Diana MacPherson is busy documenting her birds and chippies, and reader Matt sent some loons: This first picture is a bit blurry but I thought it was interesting to see the size difference between the Eastern Grey Squirrel ([Sciurus carolinensis] this guy has really red fur) and the Chipmunk ([Eastern chipmunk: Tamias striatus] who you can […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

There are lots of birds today, but we have one creature for the herpers, too. American reader Joe Dickinson sends some photos from California: From my morning walk down by Rio del Mar Beach and Aptos Creek, here are a brown pelican (Pelicanus occidentalis) sleeping on the wall adjacent to the promenade, oblivious to (or ignoring) walkers and joggers passing […]


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