Category Archives: arthropods

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Australia sent us a passel of arthropods. His notes are indented. I found another of the Whip Spiders (Ariamnes colubrinus) that I sent in recently. This one shows how their elongated bodies provide great camouflage. Here’s a photo of the species from Wikipedia showing its body separate from the legs: I […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Reader Rick Longworth sent a hummingbird video from Idaho. His notes are indented: I’ve been watching my local hummingbird community since I arrived in Idaho in April.  So far I’ve identified black chinned (Archilochus alexandri) and rufous hummingbirds(Selasphorus rufus).  I was lucky to capture three types of feeding behavior shown in the attached film. 1. In addition […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Australia sends some camouflaged beasties and a brightly colored spider. His notes are indented. Some camouflage. A Brisbane Two-tailed Spider, Tamopsis brisbanensis, on a mangrove tree trunk. These are very hard to spot. They have a leg span of around 3 or 4 cm. I believe the one in the photograph has some […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I urge you to send me your wildlife photos if they’re good ones.  Please limit each dollop to ten photos if you can, and, as always, include the Latin binomial. Today’s contribution comes from reader Mark Sturtevant, whose notes are indented. (He also sends his first gif.) In a recent set of pictures, I had […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Time to gather together your wildlife photos and send them in! The photo tank is dropping, though I still have a reserve. Tony Eales from Australia sent some creepy-crawlies, because of course everything in Australia is venomous. But these animals are also lovely. His notes are indented: Went back up into the rainforest last weekend […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Queensland sent some really nice arthropodos photos and descriptions of the subjects (indented). Now that I’ve learned how to embiggen the photos (WordPress changed its schema), you can click on any of these to enlarge it. I recently spent a morning looking for photographic subjects in a place near to my […]

Crafty crabs cop cans for cribs

I have a sore throat (and probably am getting a cold), so I’m going home to rest. I’ll leave you with this video for today. Don’t worry: ducks will be fed, but the Daily Duck Doings will be postponed till tomorrow. As you probably know, as hermit crabs grow they have to leave their old […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I have both domestic and foreign wildlife photos from reader Joe Dickinson, but let’s look at some pictures from his recent trip to Australia and New Zealand. His notes are indented. Here is a first installment from my recent trip to Australia and New Zealand.  One of the most remarkable wildlife sightings I’ve ever experienced […]

World’s oldest known spider dies at 43; scientists disconsolate

This headline tells you how many of us feel about our research subjects (see also here): The spider, a trapdoor spider (Gaius villosus), was not a coddled lab animal, but a real arachnid in the wild—in western Australia. Affectionately known as “Number 16”, she had been studied since 1974, presumably as a toddler, and was […]

Readers’ wildlife (and astronomy) photos

I’m in Las Cruces, New Mexico, staying with old friends, and I have had, beside convivial conversation, a fajita fix and a cat fix (there are two: one is a calico and the other a feisty tuxedo tom). Photos later. I see from a very brief scan of the news that talks with North Korea […]