Category Archives: insects and other arthropods

Readers’ wildlife photos

Keep those photos coming in!  Today’s contribution is from a regular, Mark Sturtevant, who sends us a panoply of insects (and one arachnid). His notes are indented: Here are pictures of insects that were taken during the previous summer. The first pictures are of carpenter ants (looks like Camponotus pennsylvanicus) tending a colony of poplar tree […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have regular Mark Sturtevant with some lovely photos of insects. His captions are indented: These are some pictures of insects taken during the previous summer. Let’s begin with a few Lepidoptera. The moth shown in the first two pictures is the tufted bird dropping moth (Cerma cerintha). This form of mimicry (or is […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Tony Eales, a Research Officer from Queensland,  writes in with some lovely arthropod photos. His notes are indented. So it’s winter in the southern hemisphere, and insects and other arthropods are more difficult to find. However when that happens I turn to the leaf litter. I collect a bag of litter from a likely looking […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Tony Eales from Brisbane has sent us a collection of mixed arthropod photos. His notes are indented: I just thought I’d throw together some oddballs for fun. First, a tiny little mite known as a whirly-gig mite family Anystidae. These guys are so small and fast that I rarely attempt to photograph them even if […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Mark Sturtevant sent some nice insect and arachnid photos, including SEX, and I’ve indented his captions and IDs: The narrative and pictures in this one (from 2018) are a bit different, since the pictures of the caterpillar are ‘interrupted’ with pictures of Arachnid sex. In the first picture is a delicately lovely female Eastern forktail […]

Excavating an army ant nest (and finding the queen)

Matthew called my attention to this tweet about the excavation of a driver-ant (army ant) colony, and I’ve put the video at the bottom. Such a rare find! Great video by @DanielKronauer showing excavation of an army ant colonyhttps://t.co/hOvFecciZJ — Marek Borowiec (@mareklborowiec) April 13, 2020 Dorylus molestus is an African army ant, some of […]

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

Today we have some lovely dragonfly photos by Mark Sturtevant, whose notes and IDs are indented (the links are also his): This will be the first of many occasional posts about the dragonflies that I had photographed over the previous summer. I enjoy looking for all insects when out with the camera, but it must be admitted […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have some photos and a story from reader Olen Rambow. His text is indented: Attached are some wildlife photos taken in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. I believe the butterfly is a female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), and the moth is a Royal Walnut Moth (Citheronia regalis). I was not able to identify […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we see the return of insect and arthropod photographer Mark Sturtevant. Mark’s notes are indented: Here are some pictures from last summer. Enjoy! First up are two damselflies. The first is the lovely Aurora damselfly (Chromagrion conditum). This fairly large damsel is one of the species that I can easily identify in the field. […]