Category Archives: insects and other arthropods

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. — 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 […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (spider mimics frog!)

We have only two photos today, both from Lou Jost, who’s been busy in the rain forests of Ecuador. But they’re great pictures, and one apparently shows a form of mimicry new to me: an insect mimicking a frog. Lou sent this yesterday: In honor of your mimicry post today, here are two more mimics […]

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

Keep sending in your photos, folks! Today we’ll finish up with the second installment of Mark Sturtevant’s insect photos (first bit here).  Mark’s notes are indented: I generally don’t take more pictures of insects after they are well documented in my portfolio, but the jewel wing damselflies are among the exceptions to that informal policy. Besides being […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Lou Jost, a biologist, naturalist, and photographer living in Ecuador, sent some photos from the Tambopata National Reserve in the Peruvian Amazon. His notes are indented, and this is just part one of a two-part series of orthopterans. At the Tambopata Research Center we got up around 4:30 am most days, and evenings after […]