Category Archives: insects

Look at this fly!

Once again Dr. Cobb has made a good find on Twitter; what would I do without his careful scrutiny of social media?  LOOK AT THIS FLY! @TDikow Fantastic Mydid spotted in Israel, western Negev June-16-2017. Pictures by Itamar Ofer. I had never seen antennae like these. — Alejandro Estrada (@1970Aem) June 18, 2017 Here’s […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tom Gula sent some photos converted from Kodachrome slides (back in my own photo days, when I had three Nikon bodies, about seven lenses, and a Leitz-Minolta CL, I shot with Kodachrome 64. Now I have over 10,000 slides that are virtually useless–unless I scan them). Tom’s notes are indented: This is a retro […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s photos come from reader Karen Bartelt; her notes are indented: In April my husband and I went to SW Texas, stopping first in Ft Davis.  Not only a good historical site with an old fort, the area had interesting wildlife. First two photos:  Reakirt’s blues (Echinargus isola), mating and resting.  Ft Davis State Park: […]

Readers’ wildlife photos and video

We have a photo and a video today. First, Tara Tanaka (flickr site here, vimeo site here) sent a video of a giant American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) who lives on her property. It’s positively primeval—and scary! Her notes on “Mr. Biggun” (be sure to watch the video on the site and in full screen; click […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

What would a day be without at least one picture from Stephen Barnard in Idaho, who’s been a bit niggardly with his photos. Here’s a new one that must have been quite difficult to take: Mating damselflies in flight. (unknown species): Reader Roger Sorensen contributes some photos from St. Cloud, Minnesota.  His notes are indented: […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Queensland sent a spider and a beetle, both mimicking ants. His notes are indented. Came across another ant mimicking jumping spider. I seriously thought it was an ant until I got the camera on it. One of the gurus from the Australian Arachnid Photography page reckons it’s Myrmarachne erythrocephala. It’s clearly […]

Two remarkable cases of mimicry

Both of these cases were found by Matthew Cobb on Twi**er, and I’ve enlarged the photos at the bottom: A pile of broken sticks: 2 Buff-tip Moths. NW Worcestershire, 27 May 2017. #teammoth — Moths & Mothing (@j_sparey) May 28, 2017 and Leaf Katydid (Phyllomimus sp., Pseudophyllinae, Tettigoniidae) #insect #China #itchydogimages #entomology — […]

Why aren’t there more green butterflies?

Matthew found this question on the BBC’s Discover Wildlife site; click on the screenshot below to the “answer”, which I reproduce below. The picture is of the green hairstreak (Callophrys rubi), Britain’s only green butterfly. First, though, this species is not completely green—the color is only on the bottom of the wings, which it folds as shown, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I don’t know if that many people will be reading this site over the weekend, as most readers are in America and most of those will be taking off for Memorial Day. But PCC(E) never rests, so here are a few lovely insect photos from a regular contributor, Mark Sturtevant. His notes are indented: A while ago […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Because it’s World Biodiversity Day, I thought I’d show a diversity of photographs, each from a different reader. Most of them, of course, will be birds! Readers’ notes are indented. Oh, and keep those photos coming in, folks. I can never have too many. First up is by Brianna Ernst, daughter of Darrell Ernst: This is […]