Category Archives: arthropods

Readers’ wildlife photos

I still have a decent backlog of photos, but not big enough to keep me from being a bit nervous. Please send in (or continue to send in) your good wildlife photos, and that includes plants and landscapes. Today’s batch comes from reader Tony Eales in Australia; his comments are indented. Spiders! Mum and the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Damon Williford from Texas sent a bunch of diverse photos. His notes and IDs are indented. Attached are photos of various wildlife species that I took during my last three trips out to West Texas. The first five are from what was my first trip out to Big Bend National Park during June of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

We have a new contributor today, Christian Allesandro Perez, who takes terrific photos and videos that you can see only on his flickr site and his website, alephrocco.  He’s lately been in Costa Rica, but today gives us photos from Australia. Please give him a warm welcome to inspire him to keep contributing here!  Christian’s notes and […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We’ve had a lot of spider pictures lately, but we (or at least I) never tire of arachnids. These come from reader Andrée Sanborn; her notes are indented: Here are some spiders from the summer. Some are from home and some are from school. The kids bring me all sorts of creatures and spiders seem to […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Tony Eales from Australia has some nice arthropods for us today (and don’t forget to send in your pictures!). His notes are indented, and first three pictures are spiders that mimic ants. More jumping spiders, ant mimics and otherwise. I found another Judalana lutea that is a different colour scheme from the one I found earlier, the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Don’t forget to send in your good photos; I can always use more.  And don’t forget to tip your waitress! Today’s photos come from regular Mark Sturtevant, whose words are indented: Hello! Here is another batch of pictures taken over the summer. Enjoy. The first two pictures are of ‘inchworms’, which is the descriptive name […]

Readers’ wildlife photos; special “spot the. . . ” edition

Reader Tony Eales from Oz sent some camouflaged arthropods. These aren’t all that hard to see, as they were specially photographed to show the beast, but the photos do underscore the wonders of natural selection. His notes are indented: Camouflage. A series of the cryptic to the near invisible. First is a geometrid moth caterpillar. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I implore you to send in your good photos. I have a backlog but it’s getting thin.  Today we have some Darwin-themed photos from reader Terry, who wrote these notes (ID the plants if you know them): My wife and I celebrated 30 years married this year, and back in July we stayed in Dover […]

A horrifying arachnid attacks a man’s hand

This isn’t really a spider, but, like real spiders, it’s an arachnid. This is an amblypygid, or “whip spider”.  The formal difference: both real spiders and whip spiders are in the class of arachnids, but true spiders are in the order Aranae, while amblypygids are in the order Amblypygi.  (I can’t find the divergence time […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today is Potpourri Day, assembling the photos from readers who sent only one or two. The first is by reader Tim Anderson from Oz (all readers’ notes indented): This is a picture of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud (the nebula is identified as NGC2070). The picture comprises sixty images each of red, […]