Category Archives: insects

Coordinated wing-waving in bees

The tweet at the bottom got me looking for longer videos of this mesmerizing behavior, and I found one (from BBC Earth) on YouTube. The coordinated wing displays are said to deter predators, and I can’t think of any other reason for it, but I wondered if it there really were data showing that it […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Down in burning Australia, Tony Eales has managed to photograph some of the insects that haven’t yet been incinerated. Note that there is some mimicry as well as crypsis (camouflage) in the photos below. Tony’s notes are indented: Today is a mish-mash of recent things that may be of interest. Last year I photographed a […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Please send in your good wildlife photos, as the tank is running a bit low. Thanks! Fortunately, Mark Sturtevant keeps putting photos in the pipeline, and we have some nice Hawaiian arthropods to see. (There’s another batch coming soon). His notes, IDs, and links are indented. Our family had a trip to the Hawaiian island […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have two contributions today. First are some photos from reader John O’Neall, whose notes are indented. If you can identify any of his insects, please put the IDs in the comments. I’m not sure these qualify as “wild”, although at least one does qualify as dangerous. The pix were all taken in my backyard. […]

Readers’ wildlife videos

Today we have three videos taken by reader Rick Longworth, as well as illustrative photos that were taken by others (credits are in the photo captions). Rick’s notes are indented: Three short films – butterflies, goldfinch, squirrel.  I added still shots – not my own. 1.) Butterflies. Filmed in my garden in NY. Silver-spotted Skipper – […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We’ll end 2019 with odonate photos from a regular: Mark Sturtevant. His notes are indented: Here are more pictures for the queue at WEIT. Of course they are insects, since that is “what I do”. Enjoy! Dragonflies are pretty much my favorite insects for photography, as they are both beautiful and somewhat challenging. Here are […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today, regular Mark Sturtevant contributes photos of arthropods (and two vertebrates). His notes and ID’s (and links) are indented: Here I continue with some of the pictures from our recent trip to Maui last year. At the Maui National Wildlife Refuge, on the southern part of the island, the lady at the front desk told […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s Christmas Eve photos come from reader Mark Jones, who writes this: A few photos left over from the summer/autumn. The dragonfly IDs are my best guess! A Common Hawker (Aeshna juncea) in flight: Some Common Darters (Sympetrum striolatum), although the last one may be a Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum)? And a couple of close […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have some lovely arthropod photos by Tony Eales from Brisbane, whose notes are indented: Things have been really dry where I am and so spring has not sprung as much as I’d hoped for by now. So I went up to the nearby subtropical rainforest area called Mt Mee to see what was […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s photos of animals, all from diverse groups, come from David Campbell, who relates a scary mallard story too—though it turns out all right. David’s captions and tales are indented: Another batch of photographs.  The duck narrative has a happy ending although I didn’t expect one when it happened. Mantispid (Dicromantispa interrupta). Convergent evolution at […]