Category Archives: insects

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Andrée Sanborn from Vermont sent a series of pictures of an unusual insect that were taken in July (but sent in mid-October). Her captions are indented. Case-bearing Leaf Beetle larva (Cryptocephalinae) July 22, 2017 This was an exciting find for us. It wasn’t just a lifer, it was one of an entire subfamily that […]

Farewell animals

Tomorrow there will be a quick Hili post, but don’t expect much more. I am, however, flying business class, so maybe we’ll have some documentation from the lounge (especially the food). To send myself off, and bid readers a farewell, here are three videos. First, a CATerpillar that looks remarkably catlike. It’s the caterpillar of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

People: send in your photos if you got ’em! Today we have some butterfly photos from reader Mark Jones. I have no indication where he lives, but perhaps you can guess from the species. His notes are indented: A few more butterfly shots you might like. I don’t know if I just don’t get out […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Damon Williford from Texas sent a bunch of diverse photos. His notes and IDs are indented. Attached are photos of various wildlife species that I took during my last three trips out to West Texas. The first five are from what was my first trip out to Big Bend National Park during June of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

On this dreary Monday, please enjoy some nice photos of California birds by reader Joe Dickinson, whose notes and IDs are indented: Here is a miscellaneous set, mostly birds, from recent weeks. Camping at Bodega Bay, we saw a remarkable concentration of medium waders, mostly marbled godwits (Limosa fedoa) and willets (Catotrophorus semipalmatus), pushed together, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

We have a new contributor today, Christian Allesandro Perez, who takes terrific photos and videos that you can see only on his flickr site and his website, alephrocco.  He’s lately been in Costa Rica, but today gives us photos from Australia. Please give him a warm welcome to inspire him to keep contributing here!  Christian’s notes and […]

A new book from Piotr Naskrecki

by Matthew Cobb Here are some great recent tweets by ace photographer Piotr, one of which advertises his new book about Costa Rica. One of Costa Rica's marvels, the Giant sylvan leaf katydid (Celidophylla albimacula). More in "Hidden Kingdom", — Piotr Naskrecki (@naskrecki) October 25, 2017 Ancala africana, a gorgeous tabanid fly with […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Kurt Andreas sent us photos of both animal and vegetable; his IDs and descriptions are indented: Dogwood Thyatirid Moth (Euthyatira pudens), New Paltz, New York (April 25, 2013). A gorgeous little moth with a mohawk. Winter aconite (Eranthis sp.), New Paltz, New York (March 23, 2013)  An early bloomer that lets me know it’ll […]

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 […]