Category Archives: insects and other arthropods

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 […]

Reader’s wildlife photos

How about a little Stephen Barnard photography (from Idaho) this rainy Saturday? His captions are indented. Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus). I love the common name of this  bird. Usually, the second word in a hyphenated name isn’t capitalized, like Red-tailed Hawk or Yellow-rumped Warbler. This seems to be an exception. Sometimes it’s spelled without the […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Epic wasp battle! This series of photos, with that title, was sent in by reader Mark Sturtevant. His notes are indented: I had recently sent some pictures about insects attracted to wind-fallen apples in our yard. Among the insects were downy yellowjackets (Vespula flavopilosa), which are social insects—but that does not mean they always got along. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Our holiday pictures comprise a nice selection of insect shots by reader Tony Eales in Australia. His notes are indented. I’ll also put out a call for readers to send in their good wildlife photos (and “wildlife” includes landscapes and plants). Tony from Australia again. One thing that I’ve noticed since getting into insect photography is […]

Wonderfully detailed insect photos, composed of thousands of images

From The Colossal comes a great post with amazing photos of pinned insects, and the method used to take them will surely interest the photographers in the audience. First, a few photos, which are in much lower resolution than the original. Let me add that these pictures, taken by Levon Bliss, will be on exhibit at […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

I’m a bit less neurotic since several readers have rushed into the breach and provided me with a bunch of photos. But of course you’re welcome to send your good snaps any time. Some readers send only one or two photos at a time, so today we’ll feature a grab-bag of pictures that came in ones […]

A gynandromorph moth comes to the light – and tells a story about science

by Matthew Cobb This tw**t popped up in my feed the other night, from “wildlife illustrator and invertebrate enthusiast” Richard Lewington [Richard has a website showing his art here]. Richard was running a moth trap in the night when he found this beauty: Very weird moth last night, bilateral gynandromorph Turnip. Male left, female right […]

E. O. Wilson: “I’m not an atheist—I’m a scientist” (and ant lagniappe)

The January 27th issue of New Scientist contains an interview with Ed Wilson that has a few interesting tidbits. The tile, “E. O. Wilson: Religous faith is dragging us down,” makes you think it’s going to be about the problems of faith, but it’s mostly about the loss of biodiversity and about his new book, The Meaning […]