Category Archives: insects

Readers’ wildlife photos

Please send me your good wildlife photos because the tank is below the level I’d like. Now that we’re all chilling at home, you should have time to get together ten or so photos. Thanks! Today’s contribution is from Mark Sturtevant, insect photographer par excellence. His words and IDs are indented: Today we have some […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a tripartite piece today, with everyone’s notes and IDs indented: First, from biologist/naturalist/photographer Piotr Naskrecki‘s Facebook page, a wonderful grasshopper from Mozambique. It was such a good example of crypsis that I asked him if I could post it here, and he kindly gave me permission. His caption: Although one of the largest […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales in Queensland sent a bunch of photos (and please don’t forget to send yours!). Tony’s notes and IDs are indented. More stuff from our local subtropical rainforests close to Brisbane, Queensland where I live. I see a lot of these tiny leafhoppers in, I think, the sub-family Cedusinae, on the underside of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s photos come from reader Mark Sturtevant, whose words are indented (note the hint to “embiggen”): Here are more summer pictures of arthropods. Clicking to “embiggen” is generally recommended. The first two pictures are of a large female walking stick, Diapheromera femorata. In the first picture I tried to blur the background, and I think it […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Don’t forget to send in your wildlife photos (if you did already, I almost certainly have them in the queue). Today’s batch comes from Tony Eales in Australia, who sent a diverse batch of insects, spiders, plants, fungi, and reptiles. Tony’s notes and IDs are indented. This was sent February 17. We’ve had buckets of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Sturtevant has graced us with another batch of insect photos. His captions and IDs (and links, which he supplied) are indented: Here is another installment of dragonflies. At times I’m asked what kind of equipment might be required for close-up and macrophotography. Neither of these requires expensive equipment. For close-up photography of larger […]

Spot the antlion!

Matthew sent this tweet which shows a cryptic antlion—the predatory larva of a neuropteran insect in the family Myrmeleontidae, whose flying adult looks like a lacewing. (The adults are much less well known than these predatory larvae, which I used to keep as pets as a child). This is rated very easy, but we haven’t […]

Nature red in tooth, claw, and mandible: amazing behavior of predatory wasps, monkeys, lobsters, fish, and orcas

Here’s an 18-minute video from an old (1990) BBC “Trials of Life” series, featuring of course the inimitable Attenborough. I recommend viewing, as the behaviors on display are simply amazing. Granted, parts of this are more than a little bit grim for its theme is predation and parasitism. I had of course heard of potter […]

Reader’s wildlife photo (and video)

As I reported, Andreas Kay, a superb photographer of Ecuadorian biodiversity, died last October at the young age of 56.  It was a tragic loss, but he left behind a big legacy: nearly 30,000 unpublished photos of insects and plants from Andean Ecuador. These were inherited by reader Lou Jost, a biologist who inhabits a […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Australia is back with another batch of lovely insect photos. His captions are indented. A quick tank top up: First up two odd looking species of Leaf Beetle (family Chrysomelidae). Eurispa vittata (gahnia leaf beetle) and Hispellinus multispinosus (Spiny leaf beetle). Both seen to like grasses/sedges.   Next is a Shore Fly (family Ephydridae) […]