Category Archives: fungi

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s photos come from two sources. First, a fly from Diana MacPherson. Hi Jerry, below are some images I took of a deer fly (Chrysops excitans) that rested for quite a long time on my glass table outside this evening. I took various angles but I think the side angle is the best even though […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

During the pandemonium surrounding the entry of Honey and Dorothy’s broods into Botany Pond at the beginning of May, reader David Campbell sent me some wildlife pictures. And, as sometimes happens, I forgot to put them in the “readers’ wildlife” folder. He reminded me, and, with apologies, here are some late photos. David’s captions are […]

Recent data on how the “ant zombie” fungus works

When I first read the publicity about this recent (2017) paper in Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci., I thought that the authors had come up with a new solution to how the fungus Ophiocoryceps unilateralis, a parasite on carpenter ants, turns the ant into a zombie, behaving in a way that facilitates the dispersal of the […]

Reader’s wildlife photos

Today’s photos are from regular contributor Tony Eales, who hails from Brisbane. Here we see nature red in, well, spores and mycelia—pathogenic killer fungi.  Tony’s notes are indented: I’ve had a few interesting sightings of late and none more so than the entomopathogenic [insect and arachnid-killing] fungi I’ve found on insects and spiders. The first […]

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 […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Tony Eales of Australia sent some diverse but inclusive photos, including insects, plants, fungi, mammals, and arachnids (mites). His notes are indented: A more or less random grab bag of images. First is the law of the jungle in my back yard. One of our native crab spiders Boomerangia dimidiata captured a soldier fly Odontomyia sp. Next is […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Oy! I forgot to post this this morning. Well, better late than never. Reader Tony Eales from Brisbane sent us some nice mushroom photos, most of which are unidentified (readers are welcome to help). His notes are indented: We had some decent rain after a long hot dry period and I went to the local […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

We have videos and photos today. The video is from reader Rick Longworth, who found a sodden hawk. His notes: This immature sharp-shinned hawk (Accipiter striatus) was completely drenched after a night of soaking rain. Initially it looked pretty pathetic. After an hour of constant grooming, as the sun began to warm the upper branches […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have two contributors today with photos of plants and fungi from New England. The first is Rachel Sperling, whose notes are indented. I was hiking Mount Washington in New Hampshire yesterday and snapped some photos of the alpine plants for my dad, who teaches botany in New York. Thought I’d share them with you […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

It’s time for me to make my sporadic plea for wildlife photos, as the tank is getting too low for my taste. If you have good ones, please send them my way. From reader Barbara Wilson we have a bizarre fungus: There was a dead man’s foot in the garden on campus yesterday.  So I photographed […]