Category Archives: insects

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today reader Andrée Sanborn (Tumblr blog here, Flickr page here, Facebook page here) sent some nice photos of moths from the northeastern U.S.; her notes are indented: This moth is not spectacular, but is special.  Three-Spotted Sallow (Eupsilia tristigmata); Northeast Vermont; April 10, 2017. We call these sap moths because they show up in the sap […]

Here’s the luna moth!

Did you spot the luna moth in Mark Sturtevant’s photo? Here’s the original picture again (click all photos to enlarge): And the reveal. Mark notes, “There she is! I have also included a second picture that provides a closeup.”

Spot the luna moth!

I still have a decent backlog of readers’ wildlife photos, but will post a “spot the” puzzle today. This one comes from reader Mark Sturtevant, who has graced us with many insect photos before. Click on the photo (twice) to make it really big. Mark’s notes: I had a batch of luna cocoons (Actias luna) […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Queensland sent some really nice arthropodos photos and descriptions of the subjects (indented). Now that I’ve learned how to embiggen the photos (WordPress changed its schema), you can click on any of these to enlarge it. I recently spent a morning looking for photographic subjects in a place near to my […]

Here’s the beetle!

How many of you spotted the beetle in this picture? Here’s the original: And the reveal: And the beetle again:

Spot the beetle!

Reader Gabe McNett sent us a “spot the. . .” stumper. His notes: I thought I would pass along a contribution for you to consider in your ongoing “Spot the …” series. Four pictures are attached. Two for your audience to use for guessing, and another two if they’re helpful. One is a picture of this […]

Stick insects can disperse like plant seeds: in bird poop

One of the striking observations about life on oceanic islands—those islands, like Hawaii and the Galapagos, that arose, bereft of life, from volcanic activity below the sea—is the prevalence of native birds, insects, and plants, and the paucity of native reptiles, mammals, and amphibians. (Continental islands, like Great Britain, that were once connected to larger […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have another batch of lovely arthropod photos from reader Mark Sturtevant: We begin with two species of deer flies, which I am sure are viewed not very fondly by most readers. They can be rather beautiful, however, and it is only the females that are blood suckers.  The first looks like Chrysops moechus, and the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Karen Bartelt sent us a fourth batch of birds from Cuba (see first three installments here, here and here). Her IDs are indented. Red-legged thrush (Turdus plumbeus).  This is a very common Caribbean bird.  I didn’t know that when I saw this first one, on a roof across from the Hotel Ambos Mundos, where we were staying […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Sturtevant has returned with a series of insect pictures that he sent on March 28. His notes are indented, and be sure to note the instances of mimicry and the weird mantidfly in the last two photos. Here are some insect photos for WEIT. The first picture is a nice wood nymph butterfly […]