Category Archives: spiders

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s once again time for me to importune you for wildlife photos. Although I have a comfortable backlog of contributions, I’m getting a wee bit nervous. So if you’re sitting around tomorrow digesting your Thanksgiving meal (if you’re American, that is), or eating your sweetcorn sandwiches (if you’re a Brit), or otherwise have some free […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Mark Sturtevant sent in some photos in response to my plea for wildlife pictures, but I’d lost this earlier contribution of his. Mark’s notes are indented. I have many favorite area parks to take the camera, but nothing is like the Magic Field, which seems to effortlessly harbor numerous species of arthropods that I just […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s time to resume our wildlife photos again; but please send some in. I have a reasonable backlog but it won’t last forever. Today we have a number of “small-scale” nature shots by reader Ken Phelps in British Columbia. The captions are his, and are indented: Dead Arbutus leaves: Slough by Nanaimo River. Shot with […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Mark Sturtevant sent some nice arthropod photos taken this summer. His comments are indented. The first two pictures show very large robber flies that were within feet of each other, and they appear to be the same species. I suspect they are Proctacanthus . The first is a male, and the second, a female, is eating a […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Australia sent us a passel of arthropods. His notes are indented. I found another of the Whip Spiders (Ariamnes colubrinus) that I sent in recently. This one shows how their elongated bodies provide great camouflage. Here’s a photo of the species from Wikipedia showing its body separate from the legs: I […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I came to work at 5 a.m. to check on Phoebe and give her some food, and found these photos just sent by reader Tony Eales from Australia. Although I wasn’t going to do a wildlife post today, this is short, sweet, and interesting. Tony’s notes are indented. I came across what turned out to […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tony Eales from Australia sends some camouflaged beasties and a brightly colored spider. His notes are indented. Some camouflage. A Brisbane Two-tailed Spider, Tamopsis brisbanensis, on a mangrove tree trunk. These are very hard to spot. They have a leg span of around 3 or 4 cm. I believe the one in the photograph has some […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I ask again for readers to send me their best wildlife photos. My tank is reasonably full, but I can always use more. Today we have photos from two Aussie readers, the first being Tony Eales. His notes: Very excited. I’ve found my first Peacock Jumping Spider. This one is Maratus anomalus and seems to […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a nice batch of insect and spider photos from reader Mark Sturtevant, whose notes are indented. And be sure to send in your good wildlife photos. There are numerous species of damselflies that are known as ‘bluets’, so-named because for most species the males and sometimes females are blue in color. The first […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

First a video from reader Rick Longworth, who added these notes: “This spider had just finished molting and was resting under its discarded exoskeleton. The whole process took about 30 minutes of drying as the sun was setting. The tight new outfit she’s wearing gets a bit of scratching at the base of the legs. […]