Category Archives: plants

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have some nice insect and plant photos taken by Stephen Barnard in Idaho. His captions are indented: A few photos from the wildflower field. I don’t know the species of the insects. First, a Blue Flax (Linum lewisii) blossom. This plant visually dominates the garden (if you can call it a garden). A […]

Readers’ wildlife photos and video

We have a photo and a video today. First, Tara Tanaka (flickr site here, vimeo site here) sent a video of a giant American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) who lives on her property. It’s positively primeval—and scary! Her notes on “Mr. Biggun” (be sure to watch the video on the site and in full screen; click […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

What would a day be without at least one picture from Stephen Barnard in Idaho, who’s been a bit niggardly with his photos. Here’s a new one that must have been quite difficult to take: Mating damselflies in flight. (unknown species): Reader Roger Sorensen contributes some photos from St. Cloud, Minnesota.  His notes are indented: […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

It was World Turtle Day yesterday, and I asked if any reader had turtles. Well, Mark Richardson did, and sent us some photos in an email titled “I haz turtles”. There were also photos of non-turtles. Mark’s notes are indented. You noted on Hili’s dialogue this morning that it was World Turtle Day, and you […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Roger Latour sent what he describes as “a couple of pictures showing the spring flora on mount Royal in Montreal. A must-see when in Montreal!”  Roger’s notes are indented. On the left: Erythronium americanum (yellow trout lily) and on the right Acer saccharum (sugar maple): Podophyllum peltatum, a sequence showing emergence of the very rare (here […]

Wellington to Puhaka Mount Bruce

Yesterday (Friday), I went to the Pukaha Mount Bruce Wildlife Centre in the company of Phil Garnock-Jones, an emeritus professor of botany at the University of Wellington. The Centre is about two hours north of Wellington, and on the way we passed the “Beehive“, the executive wing of the New Zealand Parliament. Built between 1969 and 1979, it’s […]

Travels in New Zealand: to Nelson via Pancake Rocks

On the way to Nelson two days ago, we passed through Paparoa National Park on the west coast of the South Island, one of New Zealand’s smallest national parks. It’s famous for its limestone geological formations, nearby blue penguins (I didn’t see any) and the rock blowholes, where the sea violently enters the caverns it’s carved, sending […]

Can I use Venus Fly Traps to get rid of garden pests?

by Matthew Cobb — Science (@scienmag) March 18, 2017 Betteridge’s law of headlines strikes again.

Readers’ wildlife posts

Tony Eales from Queensland sends what he calls “some of my favourite and most Australian of flowers”. They are lovely—and weird! Banksia robur  Banksia spinulosa  Craspedia globosa Dianella sp.  Grevillia sp.  Eucalyptus sp. Ptilotus macrocephalus  Xanthorrhoea glauca   

Readers’ wildlife photos

We’ll have an eclectic selection today, with the first photo from reader Christopher Moss. His notes are indented: In the tradition of a letter to the editor of The Times documenting the first cuckoo of spring, I have the honour to report that the first chipmunk to emerge was spotted today. They disappeared rather early, […]