Category Archives: insects

Spot the toad bug!

Did you know that “toad bugs” existed? And that they look like their namesake, as you can see in the photo below (if you can find it!)? Toad bugs are “true bugs”—in the order Hemiptera—and comprise about 100 species in the family Gelastocoridae. They’re also toadlike in that they are predators who hang around the banks […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Don’t forget to send in your good photos; I can always use more.  And don’t forget to tip your waitress! Today’s photos come from regular Mark Sturtevant, whose words are indented: Hello! Here is another batch of pictures taken over the summer. Enjoy. The first two pictures are of ‘inchworms’, which is the descriptive name […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Again, I ask for photos, though I do have a decent backlog. Reader Susan Heller sent me these photos, taken in the Anza-Borrego desert, back in March, but I lost her email until last weekend. It was a good year for desert flowers in the American southwest, and she documents it. I always wondered, when […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I am dispirited today in light of the horrors of Las Vegas (and Edmonton and Marseille), but maybe some photos can lift our spirits a bit. These are from crack insect photographer Mark Sturtevant, whose notes are indented: Here are some more pictures of insects that were taken over this summer. We begin with a […]

The amazing bird-murdering praying mantis

First, a note. Over the years, lots of readers have spelled the animal at issue this way “preying mantis.” That’s an easy mistake to make, for they are fierce predators. But the true term is praying mantis, clearly taken from the position of its forelegs. So next time you write it, just remember how it looks. Natalie […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today is Potpourri Day, assembling the photos from readers who sent only one or two. The first is by reader Tim Anderson from Oz (all readers’ notes indented): This is a picture of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud (the nebula is identified as NGC2070). The picture comprises sixty images each of red, […]

A beetle with remarkable eyes

Here’s  tw**t found by Matthew Cobb: Check out this Behemoth beetle for the #BugOff @JoeWilliamson93 & @DrRossPiper its eyes go round 360 degrees! 25c for scale #Panama pic.twitter.com/qV06wZXYFz — Dan Nicholson (@DanJNicholson) September 24, 2017 Now I’m not sure exactly what a “behemoth beetle” is except a “big beetle” (I can’t find the group), but […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have some nice photos from reader Mark Sturtevant. His notes are indented: These are some pictures of arthropods that I have taken this summer.  The first picture is a common but lovely red milkweed beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus). These are a kind of longhorn beetle that feeds on milkweed, and the bright colors are […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I have a comfortable backlog of photos now, but please keep sending them in. Good ones, please. They don’t have to be professional quality (some readers think they have to match the very best photos that have appeared on this site), but they should be appealing and well composed–and in focus! Please add the Latin binomial […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I see that yesterday’s photo post was a repeat of one posted barely a week before. I blame jet lag, not senility. Today we return (I hope) to all new photos—of Lepidoptera. First, from reader Don Bredes, we have “two caterpillars: one good, one bad”. His notes are indented: Found this Black swallowtail caterpillar (Papilio […]