Today we have an assortment of photos and videos from four readers. First, a video sent by Stephen Barnard on Monday:
A snow storm came through yesterday. I did a quick edit of some timelapse footage.
He asks us to “spot the mallards” in this video; click on the word “vimeo” at the lower right to go to the full-sized clip.
Reader David Fuqua sent duck photos with these notes:
Reader Simon Lawson sent a butterfly that’s hit on an ingenious form of camouflage:
Here’s another moth pic from Borneo. This one is not as spectacularly pretty (or as large) as the Atlas moth I sent previously, but a favourite of mine nonetheless. It seems to have hit on a different solution to camouflage. No need to blend in by mimicking particular colors and patterns of tree trunks when all you need to do is make at least part of your wings translucent! It looks slightly incongruous on the blue-painted house wall, but I suspect it would be hard to pick up on a natural surface. I have no idea what species this may be, but possibly a geometrid. [JAC: readers should weigh in below if they know.]
Finally, snakes from Garry VanGelderen in Ontario:
Since you are looking for more wildlife shots, I offer this one: garter snakes (Thamnophis sirtalis) peeking out from behind our brick facade. There is a bit of a gap between the bricks and the insulation. They like to hide there and come out when the sun warms the bricks.