Category Archives: arthropods

Readers’ wildlife photos

Thanks to the readers who have sent me photos in response to my plea. I still need other ones, though, so send in your good photos—and thanks! Today’s photos come from Mark Sturtevant, who says, “The pictures tell a story that is only a tiny bit sad.” His narrative is indented:  I have always been […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

My photo tank is about half full, which means that I’ll importune you once again to send in your good wildlife photos. Today’s contribution comes from Mark Sturtevant, crack arthropod photographer. His notes are indented: The small moths in the first two pictures at first seemed too plain to bother with photographing, but they turned […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have some photos and a story from reader Olen Rambow. His text is indented: Attached are some wildlife photos taken in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. I believe the butterfly is a female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), and the moth is a Royal Walnut Moth (Citheronia regalis). I was not able to identify […]

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 […]