Category Archives: insects

Readers’ wildlife photos

Roger Sorensen provides a series of development photos of a moth. I’ve indented his words: I hope your readers won’t get too “squirmish” with these. If you’re interested, I can provide a Monarch report as the two I’m rearing (photos below) grow. It takes about 3 weeks to reach adulthood. I maintain a patch of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Do send in your good wildlife photos, as well as photos of yourself, with the latter for the “photos of readers” feature (we have only one left). We have several contributors today: Reader pyers sent some bird photos, and I’ve indented his captions: Nothing special but I was playing around with a new lens over […]

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

Today is Odds and Ends day, feting those readers who sent in one or a few photos.  I’ve indented their captions. First up is an old friend, biologist Anne Houde (I taught her at Maryland when she was an undergraduate!), who took some lovely photos of a molting mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) just north of Chicago: […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s photos come from reader Ivar Husa, whose captions are indented. Send in your photos, folks, as I go through seven contributions a week. It has been a while since I dropped some pictures on you, and I read that your ‘tank was low’. I have many interesting things to share. Mostly birds and insects. […]

Caterpillar makes a tent out of its dinner to hide itself

Reader Paul sent in this video of a caterpillar who hides itself in a leaf tent to remain undetected by predators while eating the leaf. It works only because the beast eats only one layer of the leaf. But look at the sophistication of this behavior! I particularly like the way it makes the “hinge” […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I have some singletons and a couple of longer additions, but the tank is running quite low (as is the “Photos of readers” feature). Please send in your contributions to either feature. Today I’ll post some of the singletons and doubletons. First, two photos from Christopher Moss (all readers’ captions are indented): American red squirrel: […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

The photo tank is running low, so please send in your good wildlife photographs. Today’s contributor is a regular, Mark Sturtevant, with some lovely arthropod photos. His notes are indented. This is the last installment of pictures taken last Spring when I was visiting the Phoenix, Arizona area for several days before attending a fancy […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Send in your photos, please! Today we have a sequence of butterfly development taken by reader David Fuqua, whose captions are indented. My wife, Debra, and I have been staying at home like we are supposed to. We have enjoyed the opportunity to observe the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). Debra bought […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s batch of lovely photos comes from our old friend Tony Eales in Brisbane. His notes and IDs are indented. I went for a weekend up to the Bunya Mountains, a high elevation subtropical rainforest area near my home town of Brisbane QLD. The Bunya Mountains is named after the gigantic Bunya Pine (Araucaria bidwillii). […]