A beautiful planthopper that mimics an ant (with a twist)

Planthoppers are in the order Hemiptera—the “true bugs”—along with cicadas and aphids, and are in the suborder Auchenorrhyncha. I’ve written about them before: they have all kinds of bizarre appearances that sometimes defy explanation (e.g., these ones).  In 2012 I wrote a report about a strange planthopper (Formiscurra indicus) that mimicked an ant, but the kicker was … Continue reading A beautiful planthopper that mimics an ant (with a twist)

Readers’ wildlife photos

Please keep those photos coming in if you can, as they get depleted quickly. Today’s batch comprises insect photos from regular contributor Mark Sturtevant, whose notes are indented. Click on the pictures to enlarge them. Here are more pictures of insects taken over a year ago. The first picture shows an odd – looking group … Continue reading Readers’ wildlife photos

Readers’ wildlife photos

Please send me your good wildlife photos because the tank is below the level I’d like. Now that we’re all chilling at home, you should have time to get together ten or so photos. Thanks! Today’s contribution is from Mark Sturtevant, insect photographer par excellence. His words and IDs are indented: Today we have some … Continue reading Readers’ wildlife photos

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s photos, including a plant and many arthropods, come from regular contributor Tony Eales, who lives in Queensland. His notes are indented: I’m sending a grab bag of some interesting things I’ve photographed lately. When I was in Western Australia recently I found this beautiful sundew known as the Red-ink Sundew, Drosera erythrorhiza. I’m a big … Continue reading Readers’ wildlife photos

Readers’ wildlife photos

Don’t forget to send in your wildlife photos (if you did already, I almost certainly have them in the queue). Today’s batch comes from Tony Eales in Australia, who sent a diverse batch of insects, spiders, plants, fungi, and reptiles. Tony’s notes and IDs are indented. This was sent February 17. We’ve had buckets of … Continue reading Readers’ wildlife photos

Readers’ wildlife photos (and a video)

Please send in your good wildlife photos if you have some. Reader Tony Eales from Australia continues his series of arthropods from his trip to Borneo. His notes are indented. There aren’t too many insect orders left from my Borneo trip. Here we have Blattodea, Diptera and Hemiptera. A lot of people think termites are … Continue reading Readers’ wildlife photos (and a video)

Friday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Good morning: it’s the end of another “work” week on Friday, October 23, 2020: National Boston Cream Pie Day. This isn’t really a pie, but a delicious cake filled with cream and frosted with chocolate which looks like this: It is the Official Dessert of Massachusetts. It’s also National Canning Day, the Swallows Depart from … Continue reading Friday: Hili dialogue (and Leon monologue)

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

Reader Rick Longworth sent a hummingbird video from Idaho. His notes are indented: I’ve been watching my local hummingbird community since I arrived in Idaho in April.  So far I’ve identified black chinned (Archilochus alexandri) and rufous hummingbirds(Selasphorus rufus).  I was lucky to capture three types of feeding behavior shown in the attached film. 1. In addition … Continue reading Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)