Readers’ wildlife photos

Due to a dearth of submissions (my own fault), we have only two photographs today, but later I’ll put up the winners of London’s Natural History Museum Photographer of the Year contest.

First, from regular Stephen Barnard in Idaho:

While walking my d*g this morning I heard the familiar red-tailed hawk  (Buteo jamaicensis) call, turned around and got a shot before he spooked.



Reader Doug Finn also sends us some urban wildlife—a leaf-mimic (either a leafhopper or a planthopper; readers can identify it), which he photographed at the Reservoir bus stop in Boston. Notice the exoskeleton crenulations that mimic a midrib and the veins of a leaf. It’s not very well camouflaged on cement, however!




  1. Jacques Hausser
    Posted October 23, 2014 at 5:42 am | Permalink

    Amblycorypha oblongifolia ?
    (Thanks, google)

  2. Amy
    Posted October 23, 2014 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    The leaf-mimic is amazing!

  3. Siegfried Gust
    Posted October 23, 2014 at 5:48 am | Permalink

    The leaf mimicking insect is a katydid. The tropics have some really amazing ones in regard to their mimicry.

    • Jacques Hausser
      Posted October 23, 2014 at 6:26 am | Permalink

      Yes, a katydid (family Tettigonidae). Sorry I didn’t precise. And it’s a male – the female has a very conspicuous ovipositor looking like the blade of a yemenite dagger.

  4. Posted October 23, 2014 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    Very nice.

    Nice shot of the redtail Stephen. He’s giving the “eagle scream”. 🙂 I always laugh when they use a red tailed hawk call for eagles in movies. A great wild sound of the outdoors, though, I love that sound. Generally, when I hear it, I look straight up to see the hawk soaring above me.

    • Amy
      Posted October 23, 2014 at 8:36 am | Permalink

      :))That is the way my father used to treat air plane bird. If he’s inside, he announces the plane model by listening to the engine sound.

  5. Posted October 23, 2014 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    A male broad winged katydid Scudderia pistillata.

  6. Posted October 23, 2014 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Manjeet Kumar.

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