Category Archives: insects

Readers’ wildlife photos

I came to work at 5 a.m. to check on Phoebe and give her some food, and found these photos just sent by reader Tony Eales from Australia. Although I wasn’t going to do a wildlife post today, this is short, sweet, and interesting. Tony’s notes are indented. I came across what turned out to […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs (and videos)

Reader Olen Rambow sent a video demonstrating = convergent evolution: a “hummingbird moth”, one of several species that hovers before flowers like hummingbirds and sucks nectar from them with a large proboscis. This one is probably the white-lined sphinx moth, Hyles lineata. His notes are indented: While visiting Santa Fe, NM, I ran across a moth […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Australia sends some camouflaged beasties and a brightly colored spider. His notes are indented. Some camouflage. A Brisbane Two-tailed Spider, Tamopsis brisbanensis, on a mangrove tree trunk. These are very hard to spot. They have a leg span of around 3 or 4 cm. I believe the one in the photograph has some […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Rick Longworth sent a lovely video of hummingbird interactions at his feeder. Dextrous little buggers! Black Chinned hummingbirds(Archilochus alexandri) feud around the feeder. I was unable to see what was going on between the rivals, so I used several levels of slow motion and freeze frame. The feud takes place in 4 parts: 1. Staying […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a nice batch of insect and spider photos from reader Mark Sturtevant, whose notes are indented. And be sure to send in your good wildlife photos. There are numerous species of damselflies that are known as ‘bluets’, so-named because for most species the males and sometimes females are blue in color. The first […]

Readers’ wildlife videos and photos

It’s time to refill the photo tank. I have a fair few contributions, but I could always use more, so send in your good animal, plant, astronomy, and other nature-related pictures. To add to Stephen Barnard’s hummingbird photos of two days ago, he’s sent two videos of hummingbird fights (rufous vs. black-chinned). Be sure to […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

First a video from reader Rick Longworth, who added these notes: “This spider had just finished molting and was resting under its discarded exoskeleton. The whole process took about 30 minutes of drying as the sun was setting. The tight new outfit she’s wearing gets a bit of scratching at the base of the legs. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Sturtevant (Flickr page here) has some notes and photos about the inhabitants of his Magic Field. His notes are indented: I have written before about the Magic Field, which has been generous in its gifts of interesting arthropods. Among the most common of these are Orthopterans, like grasshoppers and katydids, and the solitary […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Jones sent us some lovely photos of butterflies. His notes and IDs are indented: A few butterflies from the Sussex countryside: Eurasian White Admiral (Limenitis camilla): Ringlet (Aphantopus hyperantus): Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) feeding: Marbled White (Melanargia galathea) on a Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) I think: Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris) on a Dandelion (Taraxacum) […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Stephen Barnard from Idaho has sent some diverse photos, including an unusual montage. His notes are indented. Boris (the male American kestral [Falco sparverius] who bred in Stephen’s nestbox): A female fledgling: There are at least three kestrel fledglings, and probably at least four. I think that’s Natasha [the mother] up high and the other four […]