Category Archives: insects

Readers’ wildlife photos

This will probably be the last RWP post in a while, as I leave for O’Hare and India tomorrow morning. So let’s have another potpourri of photos from various readers. Reader Tom Carrolan works with raptors, and this is the photo for his Christmas card this year. The caption is “Happy Owlidays,” and his note […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today have a potpourri of photos from four readers. The first set comes from reader Jim Trice in Australia. Note that the first insect mimics two different models at different stages of its life cycle: ants when young and leaves when older.  The readers’ notes are indented. I thought I’d send some recent shots for […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

The readers came through with more photos for me, so please hold off with further photo contributions until after New Year when I return. Today’s arthropod photo odyssey comes from reader Mark Sturtevant, whose words are indented. The first two pictures are of one of the large jumping spiders that I can generally pick up […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

My photo tank is getting low, so send me your good wildlife photos, please.  Posting will probably be light today as I’m crazy busy getting ready to go to India. A week from today, jet-lagged, I’ll be on the train from Delhi to Chandigarh to begin the first leg of the Jerry Coyne All-India Tour. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Oz sent us some mimics; his words are indented. (See yesterday’s post on mantid flies.) I photographed a couple of wild mimics yesterday. First was a large Mantis Fly, Euclimacia nuchalis, mimicking a large brown paper-wasp similar to this wasp. Here’s the fly: And the wasp (not Tony’s photo): Also yet another ant-mimicking […]

Mantis fly has a walking pupa that climbs trees before hatching

Although this observation and video don’t revolutionize science, they do provide some information that was missing about the life cycle of an insect, and, importantly, they allow the lucky finder to see something that presumably no other human had seen before. In this case it’s a substantial part of the lifecycle of a “mantidfly“, Ditaxis […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Tony Eales from Queensland sent us three insect photos, likely showing mimicry. His notes are indented. One of my favourite finds for a while. A newly hatched Stick Insect nymph (Podacanthus sp.). When I first saw it, I was struck by how much it looked like and carried itself like a Red Spider Ant. I […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Bryan Pfeiffer, a writer and field naturalist at the University of Vermont, graces us today with some great plant and animal photos. His notes and IDs are indented: Here are seven images from nature largely in black, white and many shades of gray. I’ve included three birds, one dragonfly, one butterfly and two plants, one […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Sturtevant sent us a variety of insect photos; his IDs and notes are indented. Here is another batch of pictures from this summer. Enjoy! The first picture is of a hatchling Chinese mantis (Tenedora sinensis). I had bought a bunch of Chinese mantis egg cases from a local nature store, and I had […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Today on Evolution Day we have some lovely butterflies from reader Jim Trice, who posts here under the name “ratabago.” The IDs and comments are his:  I thought I’d dig through my archives and send you some wildlife photos. These are taken in either the Mount Lofty Ranges or around Adelaide, South Australia.The first couple […]