Category Archives: insects

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have a potpourri from several readers; their captions are indented. The first is from Barbara Wilson: These dragonflies were photo’d August 8 at Boyle Reservoir, southern Oregon, at the same place, within minutes of each other.  Different damage on the wings indicates that they are different individuals.  Botanist that I am, I thought […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and videos)

I implore you once again to send me your wildlife photos (or videos). Within a week or so I may have to stop posting here due to lack of material. Reader Garry VanGelderen sent a sea-loving odonate, and weigh in if you can identify it. Not at all sure  what kind of dragonfly this is. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

UPDATE: Kit sent in some Facebook videos for your further edification: Kit introduces you to a female Amegilla dawsoni Kit introducing a “minor” male Amegilla dawsoni Kit introducing a “major” male Amegilla dawsoni. ______________________ Reader Kit Prendergast, a bee researcher from Australia. sent me some nice bee photos and a teaser: I didn’t know why […]

Spot the insect, from Piotr Naskrecki

Here are two lovely photos of a mimic taken by photographer/biologist/naturalist Piotr Naskrecki in Gorongosa Park in Mozambique. These appeared on his Facebook page, and I asked for permission to reproduce them. I give his captions below. I’ve also turned this into a “spot the. . .” quiz for those who want a not-too-hard puzzle. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s photos came from reader Liz Strahle, who dedicates them to our late friend (see below). Her notes are indented: Here are some wildlife pictures I took in the last few months. Most of them are birds. There is one dragonfly picture. Most were taken in the spring of this year and a few in […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

My photo tank is about half full, which means that I’ll importune you once again to send in your good wildlife photos. Today’s contribution comes from Mark Sturtevant, crack arthropod photographer. His notes are indented: The small moths in the first two pictures at first seemed too plain to bother with photographing, but they turned […]

A caterpillar changes color to match its background using “extraocular photoreception”: it can see with its skin!

Many of you have heard of the famous peppered moth Biston betularia, a paradigmatic case of evolution by natural selection. (The normally inconspicuous white, speckled moth evolved a cryptic black coloration when smog blackened tree trunks in industrial England; and the same thing happened in the United States. When anti-pollution laws were enacted in both […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have some lovely dragonfly photos by Mark Sturtevant, whose notes and IDs are indented (the links are also his): This will be the first of many occasional posts about the dragonflies that I had photographed over the previous summer. I enjoy looking for all insects when out with the camera, but it must be admitted […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Remember to think of this site if you have good wildlife photos to share! We have submissions from several readers today, with their captions indented. The first is from Charlie Jones, who would like an explanation for a blue grasshopper: Since you showed photos of a blue frog, I thought you might be interested to […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have. . . . leipidopterans, and from two readers. The bulk of the photos come from reader Mark Jones, who decided to anthropomorphize the insects. His notes are indented: Among my usual butterfly photos this year I have collected some butterfly faces. I like to think they are reincarnated celebrities, so I’ve linked […]