Readers’ wildlife photos

September 18, 2017 • 7:30 am

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 recall, these are scans from slides.

Any readers who know the several unidentified species are welcome to comment below.

Io moth (Automeris io), Recife Brazil,

Dead leaf mantis, Recife, Brazil, 1977:

Procopiidae (stick grasshoppers), Recife Brazil, 1978:

Swallowtail caterpillar, Recife Brazil, July 1978:

Clear-winged moth, Recife Brazil, 1979:

Butterflies on carcass, near Igazu Falls, Argentina, 1980:


Caterpillar on bark, Smoky Mountains, 1977:

Mantis feeding on bumblebee, New Jersey, 1977:

New Jersey crab spider, 1977:

Pine Barrens tree frog (Hyla andersonii), 1987:

As I recall, Mike called attention to the bizarre distribution of this species; as Wikipedia notes, “Due to the limited extent of suitable habitats, Hyla andersonii is currently distributed in three disjunct areas in the southeastern United States: the New Jersey Pine Barrens; the Sandhills of North and South Carolina; and the Florida panhandle and southern Alabama. Although one specimen of H. andersonii is known from Georgia, a population is not known to currently exist there.” Here’s the range map:

13 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

  1. The current distribution of H. andersonii is not really all that bizarre, its due to habitat loss starting from when Europeans began clearing forests along the east coast. Its original range 4 or 5 hundred years ago was most likely from New England to the Mississippi. Too bad too, its a very handsome frog.

    From Wikipedia

    It is becoming rare due to habitat loss.

    1. Re the Frog ,looking at the map ,will -if it survives -evolve into 3 new species given time .Or should that be Sub -Species.

  2. What species diversity of butterflies on that carcass! Fascinating shot.

    And all rest are stunning as well, and of very interesting species, to boot.

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