Category Archives: insects

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Saloni Rose from India sent us some lovely butterfly photos. Her notes are indented: Here are some photos of rare Nymphalid butterflies found in the Western Ghats, India. Please note that all of these butterfly species are protected under Schedule 2 of the Wildlife Protection Act II, 1972. None of these butterflies were harmed […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s photos, including a plant and many arthropods, come from regular contributor Tony Eales, who lives in Queensland. His notes are indented: I’m sending a grab bag of some interesting things I’ve photographed lately. When I was in Western Australia recently I found this beautiful sundew known as the Red-ink Sundew, Drosera erythrorhiza. I’m a big […]

Giant stick insects to be re-introduced to Lord Howe island

Seven years ago (that long???!), I wrote about the giant stick insects (phasmids) found on a pinnacle of rock (“Ball’s Pyramid”) near Lord Howe Island, which lies between New Zealand and Australia. (See the posts here, here, and here.) Lord Howe is an oceanic island—the remnants of an ancient volcano—and home to many endemic species […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have contributions from three readers today, the first being Mark Jones, with some lovely blue butterflies. Mark’s notes: The Common Blue butterflies (Polyommatus icarus) have been out in force in the last day or two here in West Sussex. Here are a few shots, including a mating pair. I’ve also included a couple of […]

Here’s the walking stick!

Did you spot it? First I’ll show the original photo, then Mark’s reveal. Mark’s reveal and notes: Here she is! I also include another picture of her in the hand. The species is Diapheromera femorata.

Spot the walking stick!

Mark Sturtevant sent in a “Spot the. . . ” photo (click to enlarge).  I’ll reveal the elusive phasmid at noon Chicago time. Mark’s notes (and yes, abide by his Rool). I think this one is rated “hard.” Can you spot the walking stick? Late last summer I found a large walking stick, and of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have photos from two biologists today. First, here are some bird pictures from evolutionary biologist and naturalist John Avise’s site Avise’s Birds of the World, all posted with permission. John’s captions are indented: Eurasian teal, Anas crecca. Drake; vagrant at site of photograph (California, USA; 2011-02-27): Snow goose (Chen caerulescens). Note black wing tips […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Bring out your wildlife photos (good ones, mind you); I can never have enough of them on hand. Today have another slew of great insect photos, with documentation, by Mark Sturtevant. His notes are indented. Here are yet more pictures of insects taken over the previous summer. The first two pictures show adult luna moths […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Kiwi reader Keith sent a batch of photos which he’ll leave to you to identify. His notes are below: Here is a collection all taken with my cellphone, I’m going to leave them “silent”. I have no idea what some species are, while others speak for themselves. They’re all taken around or from my home […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we see the return of insect and arthropod photographer Mark Sturtevant. Mark’s notes are indented: Here are some pictures from last summer. Enjoy! First up are two damselflies. The first is the lovely Aurora damselfly (Chromagrion conditum). This fairly large damsel is one of the species that I can easily identify in the field. […]