Category Archives: insects

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Sturtevant has another great batch of arthropod photos. I’ve indented his notes.  Be sure to see the vestigial legs of the butterfly in the last two photos. I had no idea that some species had vestigial legs! Here are pictures of arthropods taken during the winter and early spring of last year. A […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Take a break from looking for colored eggs and look at some wildlife photos. Today’s lovely batch of insects comes from reader Tony Eales in Australia, where Easter is already over.  The photos are from Borneo, and Tony’s notes are indented: The last of the Borneo shots. One Ephemeropteran i.e. a mayfly, there were thousands […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have a selection of insect photos from regular Mark Sturtevant, whose comments and IDs are indented: Here is the final batch of photos taken over the summer of 2017. Enjoy! We begin with a picture of some very tiny flies that were feeding from flowers. They’re clearly not mosquitoes, although they do somewhat […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Rik Gern sent some flower and bee photos, and, as he likes to do, some “psychedelicization” of the pictures. Rik’s notes are indented: Here are some images I hope you can use for your Reader’s Wildlife Photos. There’s nothing unusual or exotic here, just some pretty flowers. Instead of going dormant, the rosemary (Rosmarinus […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Although I’m not at work most of this week, and thus lack access to my “Readers’ Wildlife” folder, I received an email yesterday from Tony Eales in Australia with some lovely pictures of Borneo orthopterans. Having these photos at hand, I proffer them for your enjoyment. Tony’s notes are indented: Only a couple more insect […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and videos)

It’s been a while since we’ve had photos from Jamie Blilie, the 14-year-old son of James Blilie, but today we have several nice photos—as well as some videos. His dad’s notes are indented, and the first photo needs an ID. Here are a few more photos from my 14-year old son Jamie. This is some […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Please remember this site if you have some good wildlife photos, and send them in. Thanks. In honor of International Beetle Day (yes, I made that up), we have some photos of beetles by Tony Eales from Australia. His captions are indented. Still getting through the Borneo insects, order by order. This time some of […]

THAT’S a bee!

JAC: In lieu of Reader’s Wildlife Photos today, I’ll take a break and importune you to keep sending me photos (I have a reasonable backlog, but I get nervous. . . .). In its place Greg has contributed a short piece about an enormous bee just rediscovered after several decades. by Greg Mayer There are […]

Froghoppers jump by digging into plants with metal-containing spines on their legs

Froghoppers are “true bugs”—in the order Hemiptera and placed in the suborder Auchenorrhyncha. They’re also known as “spittlebugs” because the nymphs reside in a mass of foamed-up excretion (incorporating plant sap) which looks like spittle (see below). This foamy mass clearly protects the young insects. First, the adult, which is what we’re concerned with here: […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s set of beetle photos comes from a regular, Jacques Hausser, who lives in Switzerland. His notes are indented. A “cockchafer” is not a woolen undergarment, but a species of brown beetle found in Europe that used to be a pest on grass and crops, especially during its periodic outbreaks. When I was a schoolboy […]