Category Archives: insects

Readers’ wildlife photographs

We have photos from three contributors today. The first photo was conveyed by Gayle Ferguson: I’ve attached a ‘wildlife’ photo for your website. The photo was taken by a colleague of mine (Phil Battley) out of an office window.  His caption is this: “Young female New Zealand falcon [Falco novaseelandiae], Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Karen Bartelt sent some photos from Pinnacles National Park in California. The IDs and captions are hers, and indented. A few photos from Pinnacles NP and the surrounding area taken in March 2017. Western bluebird (Sialia mexicana), male: California thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum): California towhee (Pipilo crissalis): California condor (Gymnogyps californianus).  Most condors have wing […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Tony Eales from Queensland sent some nice insect photos from the order Neuroptera (lacewings, antlions, and similar creatures). His notes are indented: Neuroptera are a great group to photograph and have lots of interesting members. I’m still after some of the more spectacular species but here’s a few interesting ones I have photographed. A large […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

We have a melange of photos today (don’t forget to send yours in!).  The first shows a lovely bird, and is contributed by reader Don Breden: Here’s a rose-breasted grosbeak [Pheucticus ludovicianus] visiting the deck on a rainy Mother’s Day . . . Such a beautiful bird and a fine songster, too.  The ornithologist at the […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader B. Wilson sent some photos of a lovely larva, and this information (photos are by Nick, her business partner): Sere are two photos of a caterpillar of Lorquin’s Admiral (Limenitis lorquini) on Hooker’s Willow (Salix hookeriana).  The adult is black, white, and orange, no doubt threatening toxic chemicals.  The larva seems to be imitating a […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Ants are more than a picnic pest, but have their own beauty. Reader Tony Eales shows us some lovely pismires from Australia. His notes are indented: Ants. I don’t personally know a lot about ants but I do find them fascinating, if challenging, photographic subjects. Because of my arthritis all these species are typically found […]

Readers’ wildllife photos

Reader Mark Sturtevant has sent some lovely arthropod photos with his notes (indented): I am answering the call for more WWP’s. First, a while back I had introduced a ginormous Chinese mantis (Tenodera sinensis) that I had brought home from the field. ‘Mrs. Mantis’, as I called her, was always hungry and she kept me busy bringing home live prey […]

A remarkable case of mimicry: katydid nymph mimics ant

The nymphs (juvenile stages) of katydids—orthopterans from the family Tettigoniidae—nymphs look pretty much like miniature katydids; here’s a screenshot of what you see when you do a Google image search for “katydid nymph” (click to enlarge): But one species, at least, has modified its nymph stage to look like a hymenopteran. Here’s a photo by […]

Spot the stick insects!

How many giant Australian stick insects can you spot in this photo, taken yesterday at the Auckland Zoo?  This is rated “dead easy.” And do you see anything unusual about the species?

Wetas, cave wetas, and lagniappe (cat versus weta)

Some of the most unusual endemic insects in New Zealand are the wētā, orthopterans. They’re often referred to as “crickets,” but they’re in the families  Anostostomatidae and Rhaphidophoridae and not the cricket family (Gryllidae). Although Wikipedia says that there are 70 species of wētā (all endemic to this country), there are doubtlessly a lot more, as another guide […]