Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Kurt Andreas sent some lovely photos of insects, fungi and slime molds (for some reason we’ve gotten a lot of fungi lately after a long dry spell). His notes are indented.

 I have a mixed bag for you today. I was inspired by Jim Stump’s wildlife contributions, as I have tons of fungi and slime mold pictures, and wanted to share a few. I was also hoping your kind readers might be able to ID some of them. Unfortunately many many mushrooms can only be IDed after taking spore prints or using histological or genetic studies.

These were all taken in Glendale, Queens’ Forest Park on 10/8/16.




Arcyria sp., an Amoebozoan slime mold:

Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus). These suckers seem to have displaced the Culex mosquitos I used to see far more often in Queens. Unfortunately they are vectors for Zika, dengue and yellow fever, and Queens sees a few spray trucks come by a year to inhibit their population size.

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae):


Finally, two Orthopterans showing their camouflage skills. Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (Scudderia furcata), male, New Paltz, NY (October 19, 2013):


Carolina Grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina) nymph, New Paltz, NY (June 26, 2014):



You previously posted a picture of my Maine coon kitten Kitten Mittens. Now he’s all grown up, but as gorgeous as ever. Here he is taking a walk in my back yard, and another picture of him getting ready to sneeze or yawn.





  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted February 5, 2017 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    I have a bunch of RWP’s to go through but I like these departures from animals – it truly is wildlife… it’s great!

  2. Elizabeth Belyavin
    Posted February 5, 2017 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Could the 4th fungus be of the species Trametes?

  3. GBJames
    Posted February 5, 2017 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    Don’t fungi grow best after long dry spells? 😉

  4. Elizabeth Belyavin
    Posted February 5, 2017 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    My previous comment should of course read Genus not Species!
    Great to see some fungi.

  5. Christopher
    Posted February 5, 2017 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    Slime molds are beautiful, both in their fruiting body stage above and their plasmodial stage. I think if more people knew about them and how easy they are to find, they would be more appreciated. All you need is a hand lens, the book Myxomycetes: A handbook of Slime Molds by S. Stephenson and H. Stempen, and some moist, rotting wood (although some produce fruiting bodies on plant stems). Where I am, around KC, Mo, September is the best time, it seems, to find fruiting bodies on decomposing logs, and standing dead trees, especially near creeks, rivers, and other bodies of water, but spring is a good time too, for plasmodial slime molds, and one need go no farther than one’s own back yard, heavily mulched flower garden, or old, rotten tree stump to find them. So, get out there!

  6. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted February 5, 2017 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Great and diverse pictures! I may not be useful at identifying fungi, but since they were from New York here is a field guide to N.Y. macrofungi, from the USDA:

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted February 5, 2017 at 8:58 am | Permalink

      That is an excellent source. That first picture looks delicious with a light batter and cooked in oil and garlic. But don’t just eat any old fungi.

  7. W.Benson
    Posted February 5, 2017 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Aedes albopictus also transmits the chikungunya virus. You can find out more about it at the CDC site:

  8. Diana MacPherson
    Posted February 5, 2017 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Those are a couple cool looking grasshoppers.

  9. Mary L
    Posted February 5, 2017 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful cat!

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