Category Archives: insects

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Charles Spotts sent us some nice hummingbird photos; his notes are indented: I have several hummingbird photos here that are from April and May of this year.  I keep thinking that I’ll get some better ones this summer, but I don’t think that’s going to happen now; the weather has been uncooperative to say […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Thanks to the many readers who sent me photos, and remember that I can always use good ones. Today we have a panoply from several readers. Reader “DiscoveredJoys” sent some photos of gulls, whose beauty—like that of starlings—is often ignored because they’re common. His comments (and those of all photographers) are indented. A couple of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Thanks to all for sending in photos, and remember that I’m always looking for good new ones. The first one today, sent by reader Hempenstein, shows a brown inchworm from Vermont, the larva of a geometrid moth. The resemblance to a twig is stunning: Perhaps Lou Jost in Ecuador can help with this one, but […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Once again I implore you to send me your photos—unless you want this feature to die a miserable death. Thanks!  Today we have lovely photos from our regularest regular, the estimable Stephen Barnard from Idaho. His notes are indented: Rufous Hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus): Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) with a juvenile: These enormous dragonflies (species unknown) […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Sturtevant has another batch of lovely insect photos and information about them. His notes are indented: All of these pictures were taken last summer, and most were taken late in the season. We begin with a common but I think charming insect, a late-stage nymph of the bush katydid (Scudderia sp.). What I like […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Okay, the photo tank is a bit lower than I’d like, so all you temporizing readers with good photos, please send them along. Today we feature the photos of Tony Eales from Australia, who took these photos on holiday in Tasmania. His notes are indented: Just came back from a holiday in the Island state […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have an ant swarm today! What is that? Well, ants swarm for several reasons, but the one below is undoubtedly a mass egress to mate and found a new colony, as described here.  Reader Roger from St. Cloud, Minnesota describes what he saw—and sent some photos: Earlier this afternoon I noticed a mass of […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Today we have a potpourri of photos from various people who sent in one or a few. The first is from regular Stephen Barnard (all photographers’ notes are indented): Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) sharing a large insect of undetermined species. Reader Ivan Romic found a mimetic moth larva of a kind I’ve mentioned before; it […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Sturtevant, a crack photographer of arthropods, sends some photos he took last summer. His notes are indented: Spiders are generally rather good parents since they guard their eggs and young for a time. The first four pictures are about the nursery web spider – so the very name of these spiders suggests their […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Today we have a potpourri of miscellaneous photos (and one video). Tara Tanaka sends a specimen of my favorite genre of animal videos: newborn ducklings leaping into the water from their elevated nest. These are wood ducks (Aix sponsa), and there are only two this time (but see below). Here are Tara’s video notes (be […]