Category Archives: insects

Readers’ wildlife photos

Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus) requests that you send in your wildlife photos! We have another batch of lovely arthropod photos from Mark Sturtevant, whose captions are indented. We begin with an insect called an ambush bug (Phymata pennsylvanica). These are small assassin bugs with wonderfully cryptic shapes and colors that help them lurk on flowers […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

My tank is very low, so do send in your good wildlife photos and videos. All the readers will appreciate it, as of course will I. First, a video from Rick Longworth: As fall begins the water birds have been grouping for flights south.  The Canada geese (Branta canadensis) leave the river in the morning […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Sturtevant sent some nice arthropod photos taken this summer. His comments are indented. The first two pictures show very large robber flies that were within feet of each other, and they appear to be the same species. I suspect they are Proctacanthus . The first is a male, and the second, a female, is eating a […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

From reader Mark Jones we have some landscapes and butterflies, as well as one bird that readers should identify (I don’t know it and neither does Mark). Painted Lady (underwing) (Vanessa cardui): Silver-washed Fritillary (Argynnis paphia): Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus): Comma (Polygonia c-album): Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus): Also, a bird. Sorry, ornithology not my strong point! Is […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Australia sent us a passel of arthropods. His notes are indented. I found another of the Whip Spiders (Ariamnes colubrinus) that I sent in recently. This one shows how their elongated bodies provide great camouflage. Here’s a photo of the species from Wikipedia showing its body separate from the legs: I […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Reader Rick Longworth sent a hummingbird video from Idaho. His notes are indented: I’ve been watching my local hummingbird community since I arrived in Idaho in April.  So far I’ve identified black chinned (Archilochus alexandri) and rufous hummingbirds(Selasphorus rufus).  I was lucky to capture three types of feeding behavior shown in the attached film. 1. In addition […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s time for me to make my sporadic plea for wildlife photos, as the tank is getting too low for my taste. If you have good ones, please send them my way. From reader Barbara Wilson we have a bizarre fungus: There was a dead man’s foot in the garden on campus yesterday.  So I photographed […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson recently returned from a trip to Australia and New Zealand, and we have a third batch of pictures, all from New Zealand (see here and here for the other two). His captions are indented: Here are some wildlife photos from New Zealand, with a decided admixture of wonderful scenery. First, spectacular Mt. Cook on the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a potpourri today. First, photos from Margaret Shofner, who says this about the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana): The whole world loves cat food. We get possums and raccoons when I forget to bring in the porch kitties’ food. We live in a small town in north-central Texas. I’m rarely without a lap cat, […]

Reader’s wildlife photos

Today have a grab-bag of singletons (and one doubleton) sent by readers. (If you’re reading this, nobody is looking at the science posts; see here.) From Diana MacPherson. Just took the picture of an Eastern garter snake (Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) that was hiding along the base of a tomato plant pot. Poor […]