Category Archives: insects

Readers’ wildlife photos

An end-of-the-year reminder: please keep sending in your good wildlife photos, as I can never have too many! Since September I’ve been posting photos from reader Benjamin Taylor’s odyssey to Africa. Here’s the last batch, all of which were sent in September. His captions are indented: Last month I went on a camping trip around southern […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Keep sending in your photos, folks! Today we’ll finish up with the second installment of Mark Sturtevant’s insect photos (first bit here).  Mark’s notes are indented: I generally don’t take more pictures of insects after they are well documented in my portfolio, but the jewel wing damselflies are among the exceptions to that informal policy. Besides being […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Remember to send in your good wildlife photos; the tank is getting a bit low. Reader Mark Sturtevant sent a batch of insect photos, which I’ve divided into two parts. Here are the first five with his notes (indented): The first picture is of a Pale Green Assassin Bug (Zelus luridus), which is feeding on an unidentifiable […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

We have photos from two disparate groups today. First, three diving ducks from reader Barbara Wilson: Both the Goldeneye [Bucephala clangula, shown in the first picture] and the Surf Scoter are diving ducks.  The Surf Scoter is probably the most commonly seen duck that’s visible from land on the Oregon coast. Young Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) on […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Please keep those photos coming in, for they get depleted quickly! Today we have two sets of photos showing aggressive behavior. The first is from reader Dick Kleinknecht of Washington State. His notes: We have an acre or so meadow just below our house (near Seattle, Washington) that often provides entertainment from wildlife: lots of deer, some elk, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have an assortment of photos and videos from four readers. First, a video sent by Stephen Barnard on Monday: A snow storm came through yesterday. I did a quick edit of some timelapse footage. He asks us to “spot the mallards” in this video; click on the word “vimeo” at the lower right […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Okay, I’m running dangerously low, so send in your photos. Today we’re featuring more insect photos from reader Mark Sturtevant, whose comments are indented: This set of pictures marks an important milestone for me, since these are from my first outing last summer where I began to use my newly bought Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Remember to send in your photos! I have a small backlog, but more is better. Today we have pictures from two regulars, the first being Mark Sturtevant. His captions are indented: The first picture is an odd little moth that I have probably seen on many occasions, but this one got my attention because it landed near […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tom Hennessy send some insect photos a while back, and I misplaced them. Fortunately, he re-sent them, and here they are. His notes are indented; note that all these insects are all brightly colored and quite visible—likely examples of aposematic (“warning“) coloration because the sap of the milkweed contains toxic compounds, probably rendering the insects distasteful to […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Mike McDowell sent us some splendid photos of dipterans—robber flies. His notes and IDs are indented. Robber flies share some of the same microhabitats as tiger beetles, with the latter often falling prey to the former. Thus, when in the field photographing tiger beetles, I often come across a variety of robber flies. They’re equally […]