Category Archives: insects

Readers’ wildlife photos

I am embarrassed today, for I have a nice batch of photos by reader Tom Gula, but I have lost his email and thus can’t contact him for notes. Fortunately, he labeled the photos, so I can at least give some information. Perhaps Tom will see this and write me with further descriptions.  As I […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

First, a short note: my duck Honey, according to interim reports and my own personal inspection, is no longer at the pond. I hope she’s flown to more congenial climes, and I really hope to see her next year. I will be able to recognize her now because I have close-up photos of the unique pattern […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s pictures, all arthropods, are from reader and regular contributor Mark Sturtevant; his comments are indented: These pictures finally run through the WEIT-worthy pictures of arthropods that I had taken last summer. Lots of new things to share from this summer, though! The first picture is a comma butterfly (Polygonia gracilis), which is amazingly camouflaged against the forest floor […]

Gorgeous monster robberflies

by Matthew Cobb These monsters were posted by Piotr Naskrecki – another reason why you should be on Tw*tter! We have remarkable robber flies @GorongosaPark. Species of Hyperechia mimic carpenter bees, while Microstylum resemble sphecid wasps. pic.twitter.com/PAozzQ5IfF — Piotr Naskrecki (@naskrecki) September 11, 2017 We’ve posted about robberflies (Asilidae) before here, with a reader’s photo […]

Spot the bees!

All right, you’ve been reading this website long enough to be able to eliminate the most obvious non-bees from today’s New York Times quiz. Click on the screenshot below to go to the test, which involves clicking on everything that you think is a bee (a box will appear around each of your choices). Here’s a […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Karen Bartelt sent some “some lepidoptera from Illinois.” Her notes are indented: Giant swallowtails (Papilio cresphontes) courting in my backyard yesterday.  They flapped around the house for at least two hours. It was very difficult to get both of them in focus!  Finally, she landed on some ironweed (Vernonia sp). More sex.  Orange sulphur butterflies […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a passel of photos, scanned from slides, from reader Tom Gula; his notes are indented: I’ve attached some more wildlife shots of scanned slides. Most are again from Brazil, but I included some U.S. animals this time, mostly from my home state of New Jersey. Once again perhaps some of your knowledgeable readers […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a variety of photos today, with readers’ notes indented. The first is from Michael Glenister: I took my kids to Ottawa last month, and when we visited the Mackenzie King estate we spotted some Ebony Jewelwing damselflies (Calopteryx maculata) by a creek.  Until we got close enough, we weren’t sure whether they were an […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Jones sends some lovely shots of our lepidopteran friends; his notes and identifications are indented: I don’t know if I just don’t get out enough, but certain butterflies of my childhood don’t seem so common any more. I haven’t seen a single Red Admiral locally this year at all, and they used to […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Paul Doerder sent in some photos of a mass emergence of one species of periodical cicada. I’ve been lucky enough to see some of these swarms (you can, too, by following the first link below), which are marvels of nature and enigmas of evolution (we have no idea how this weird life cycle evolved, […]