Category Archives: arthropods

You have mites on your face

As you sit there reading this, thousands of mites are living on your face, burrowed into the follicles of your facial hair and the pores around your eyes, nose, and mouth. As the NPR article below shows (click on second screenshot), every human is colonized by “eyelash mites”, members of the subphylum Chelicerata—yes, relatives of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

While sitting at the airport, I just received a few animal photos from my old friend Peter, who once spent several years in Africa. It’s an unusual gathering of springtails in New England. Peter’s notes are indented: This is a large group of Collembola crossing a dirt road in New Hampshire. I estimate the arc […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s contribution is from Mark Sturtevant, whose notes are indented: Here are pictures that were mostly taken from various local parks in the late spring / early summer of last year. In what I call the Magic Field, the early season ground cover is teeming with various species of baby grasshoppers. I really like these […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Sturtevant has another great batch of arthropod photos. I’ve indented his notes.  Be sure to see the vestigial legs of the butterfly in the last two photos. I had no idea that some species had vestigial legs! Here are pictures of arthropods taken during the winter and early spring of last year. A […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and a video)

Please send in your good wildlife photos if you have some. Reader Tony Eales from Australia continues his series of arthropods from his trip to Borneo. His notes are indented. There aren’t too many insect orders left from my Borneo trip. Here we have Blattodea, Diptera and Hemiptera. A lot of people think termites are […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Tony Eales from Brisbane sent us another batch of arthropods. His notes are indented: More of the amazing arthropods of Borneo. Here’s a few more Jumping Spiders [salticids]. Definitely my favourite group. I couldn’t stop taking photos of the charming Harmochirus brachiatus. He struck so many photogenic poses. I finally found a Myrmarachne, this one M. cornuta. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s once again time for me to importune you for wildlife photos. Although I have a comfortable backlog of contributions, I’m getting a wee bit nervous. So if you’re sitting around tomorrow digesting your Thanksgiving meal (if you’re American, that is), or eating your sweetcorn sandwiches (if you’re a Brit), or otherwise have some free […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

We have some wildlife photos and one space picture today. The wildlife pictures come from reader Tony Eales of Brisbane, Australia, whose notes are indented: More pics from my trip to Brunei, Borneo. Enter the arthropods. Here’s a collection of the more unusual creatures in the rainforest at Ulu Temburong National Park.  Colourful rainforest crabs […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus) requests that you send in your wildlife photos! We have another batch of lovely arthropod photos from Mark Sturtevant, whose captions are indented. We begin with an insect called an ambush bug (Phymata pennsylvanica). These are small assassin bugs with wonderfully cryptic shapes and colors that help them lurk on flowers […]

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 […]