Category Archives: insects and other arthropods

Readers’ wildlife photos

Mark Sturtevant sent in some photos in response to my plea for wildlife pictures, but I’d lost this earlier contribution of his. Mark’s notes are indented. I have many favorite area parks to take the camera, but nothing is like the Magic Field, which seems to effortlessly harbor numerous species of arthropods that I just […]

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

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

Reader Mark Sturtevant (Flickr page here) has some notes and photos about the inhabitants of his Magic Field. His notes are indented: I have written before about the Magic Field, which has been generous in its gifts of interesting arthropods. Among the most common of these are Orthopterans, like grasshoppers and katydids, and the solitary […]

A unique fossil insect with scissors on its head and thorax

It’s Darwin Day, and so we shall have a new paper on the mysteries of evolution. In this case we have a report of an insect whose head and thorax have structures that constitute a pair of scissors—the only insect known to have anything like that. It’s a fossil in Burmese amber, 100 million years […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It took me many months of begging and pleading with Pete Moulton, an excellent wildlife photographer, to get him to give me some photos to put up. Day after day I’d see him posting stunning photos—usually birds—on his Facebook page, and day after day I’d ask, “Can I have this, please?”. Finally, when I posted […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I see that yesterday’s photo post was a repeat of one posted barely a week before. I blame jet lag, not senility. Today we return (I hope) to all new photos—of Lepidoptera. First, from reader Don Bredes, we have “two caterpillars: one good, one bad”. His notes are indented: Found this Black swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s pictures, all arthropods, are from reader and regular contributor Mark Sturtevant; his comments are indented: These pictures finally run through the WEIT-worthy pictures of arthropods that I had taken last summer. Lots of new things to share from this summer, though! The first picture is a comma butterfly (Polygonia gracilis), which is amazingly camouflaged against the forest floor […]

Gorgeous monster robberflies

by Matthew Cobb These monsters were posted by Piotr Naskrecki – another reason why you should be on Tw*tter! We have remarkable robber flies @GorongosaPark. Species of Hyperechia mimic carpenter bees, while Microstylum resemble sphecid wasps. pic.twitter.com/PAozzQ5IfF — Piotr Naskrecki (@naskrecki) September 11, 2017 We’ve posted about robberflies (Asilidae) before here, with a reader’s photo […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a passel of photos, scanned from slides, from reader Tom Gula; his notes are indented: I’ve attached some more wildlife shots of scanned slides. Most are again from Brazil, but I included some U.S. animals this time, mostly from my home state of New Jersey. Once again perhaps some of your knowledgeable readers […]