Category Archives: insects

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Joe Dickinson found some photos he’d sent me but I never put up (this happens sometimes due to the volume of my email). I herewith apologize and present Joe’s photos and narrative (his captions are indented): Here is a fourth set (previously misplaced) from my 2012 trip to Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia in south central […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Here are some gorgeous swans (and cygnets!), as well as a bee, photographed by reader Mark Ayling, whose notes are indented: Here are some photos from the pond at Brookfield Park, Littlehampton, UK. This location was the site of the Glasshouse Crops Research Institute until 1995, when the land was cleared for housing and the […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Among our most stellar photographers is Pete Moulton from Arizona, who, though usually sending us birds, demonstrates today his equal facility with insect subjects. Peter’s captions are indented: First, the obligatory Pied-billed Grebe, Podilymbus podiceps, this one in basic (= winter) plumage at Papago Park in October. The pair of Pied-billeds at this pond apparently triple-brooded […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have a selection by reader Jim Trice, whose notes are indented: Three vertebrates, a true bug, and bonus cat for your tank.Ringtail possum, Pseudocheirus peregrinus, sheltering in our climbing rose by our back veranda. This one hung around for a few days before moving on. They are fairly common around here, and generally rather […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have another contribution from reader Mark Sturtevant, who sent us some lovely insect photos and instructive notes. His comments are indented. Here is another installment of pictures of insects taken during the summer of 2017. First up is a lovely little moth which is aptly named the American ermine moth (Yponomeuta multipunctella). I […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s once again time for me to importune you for wildlife photos. Although I have a comfortable backlog of contributions, I’m getting a wee bit nervous. So if you’re sitting around tomorrow digesting your Thanksgiving meal (if you’re American, that is), or eating your sweetcorn sandwiches (if you’re a Brit), or otherwise have some free […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Thank you to the many readers who, prompted by my plea, sent in wildlife photos yesterday. Remember, though: I can always use more. We’re putting up today some lovely U.S. moth photos by Paul Doerder. The notes and IDs, indented, are his. Note that “mothing” is now a verb. You posted some of my moth […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I am running low on photos, so please send in your good ones. Thanks. We have a few contributors today, the first being Piotr Naskrecki (website here), a naturalist and photographer who’s been working in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. He didn’t contribute this; rather, I took it from his Facebook post—with permission.  Photographers’ notes […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus) requests that you send in your wildlife photos! We have another batch of lovely arthropod photos from Mark Sturtevant, whose captions are indented. We begin with an insect called an ambush bug (Phymata pennsylvanica). These are small assassin bugs with wonderfully cryptic shapes and colors that help them lurk on flowers […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

My tank is very low, so do send in your good wildlife photos and videos. All the readers will appreciate it, as of course will I. First, a video from Rick Longworth: As fall begins the water birds have been grouping for flights south.  The Canada geese (Branta canadensis) leave the river in the morning […]