Category Archives: arthropods

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales sent some lovely spider photos from Queensland, in a country where everything is poisonous! His notes are indented: A few of my favourite spider shots. The first is a cute little orb-weaving spider Araneus rotundulus. Only a few millimetres across, it can roll up into an almost perfect ball. JAC: Here it […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Mark Sturtevant sent a bunch of insect photos, and he’s a specialist in great arthropod pix. His notes are indented: There are 16 pictures in this batch, and I have 6 or 7 more batches in the queue. Hope you like insects! I spent some time watching a thriving colony of aphids on sunflowers that […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Loren Russell managed to take photos of arthopods on a snowy hike. Yes, the creatures were on top of the snow! His notes are indented, and we’ll have another batch of ice fauna soon. Arthropods on snow A new camera and an email from a friend in Montana prodded me to combine two of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a potpourri of Ceiling Cat’s creatures today; don’t forget to keep sending in your good wildlife photos (please, nothing out of focus). Here’s a garden spider from reader Kevin Eisken; does anyone know the species? Reader Roh Shaw sent a photo that may be a a Clark’s spiny lizard (Sceloporus clarkii) from Tucson, Arizona. Reader […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Mark Sturtevant has been kind enough to sent us another largish batch of his arthropod photos. His notes are indented: I have a LOT more pictures, including some unusual species to send later. For now, this large batch will have to do. Enjoy. First, the small but pretty ‘jewel’ beetle is really the infamous emerald […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Tony Eales from Queensland, Australia sent a passel of photos of natural selection in action. His notes (species weren’t identified, so I’m putting up his photo labels): To help top up the tank I’m offering up a set of photos of arthropods eating other arthropods. Assassin bug versus beetle larva: Assassin bug versus caterpillar: Crab spider […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I still need nature photos from readers (remember, we usually go through 7 contributions a week), so if you have good ones, send them in. The superb nature photographer Kurt, also known as “orionmystery,” who produces the website Up Close With Nature, has given permission to reproduce some of his photographs. Thanks to reader Mark […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Australia sent some nice photos of a trip to the desert. His notes are indented: I don’t think I sent in any photos from my trip to the Australian deserts in June-July last year. I had been out to the Strzelecki and Simpson Deserts for work in May 2015 and found […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader “Siggy in Costa Rica” (his posting handle), sent us these photos from his eponymous country; his notes are indented. These are Red-legged Honeycreepers [Cyanerpes cyaneus], one female and 3 males, helping themselves to some bananas on my patio. [JAC: note the extreme sexual dimorphism!] And a closeup of a male. A Rufous-tailed Hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl) […]

Spot the three caterpillars!

This (from a tw**t by John Horstman) isn’t very hard at all, but it does show the crypsis that never gets old to me: h/t: Matthew Cobb