Category Archives: insects

Readers’ wildlife photos

Thanks to the many people who sent me photos for this feature; I hope we can keep it going. (I had to abandon the “photos of readers” features as we ran out of submissions.) We have a new contributor today: Bruce Budris from New York State. His captions and IDs are indented With all of […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Please send in your good wildlife photos, as the tank is inexorably emptying. I especially appeal to those who used to send great photos fairly regularly but have gone silent. Today’s photos are from Mark Sturtevant, who, thank Ceiling Cat, still graces us regularly with photos regularly. Today’s feature is are odonates. Mark’s captions and […]

Tool-using ants build siphons to wick sugar water out of containers, keeping them from drowning

It’s now recognized that the use of tools is widespread in animals, and the article below from Functional Ecology (pdf here, reference at bottom) notes that there are fifty examples known in insects alone.  Some of these, in ants, involve using various substances like leaves or stuck-together bits of dirt to sop up sweet liquids […]

Bees cook giant hornets to death

This interaction between giant Asian hornets and bees kicks off my chapter on natural selection in Why Evolution is True, for it’s truly an amazing example. The wasps themselves are multifarious examples of natural selection, and introduced European bees have problems with raiding hornets who kill off all the adults and eat the honey and […]

Slo-mo films of flying insects

Here are some gorgeous videos of flying insects from Ant Lab.  The YouTube notes are below: Takeoff and flight sequences of insects spanning 8 different taxonomic orders captured at 3,200 fps! 00:00 – intro 01:17 – plume moth 01:20 – firefly 02:32 – painted lichen moth 03:14 – leafroller moth 03:31 – rosy maple moth […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I importune you again to send your good wildlife photos, as I depend on the skill and goodwill of readers to keep this feature going. Today’s lovely photos come from Tony Eales of Queensland, and he’s given his series a title (in bold at the top). Here’s looking at you. Here’s a series of photos […]

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

Please keep sending your wildlife photos in, as there’s always a need for them! We have two contributors today, and the first is Ivar Husa from Washington State. Ivar’s notes and IDs are indented: When birds and butterflies are hard to find with a camera, pollinators and tiny predators are usually present. All these were […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have photos from several contributors. First, four photos from Patrick May (all readers’ notes and IDs are indented). In case your tank is running dry, here are two recent subjects.  A late season white-tailed deer fawn (Odocoileus virginianus) waiting for its mother to return and a PCC(e) combo of wildlife and food (sorry, no […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

I importune, implore, and beseech you to send in your good wildlife photos, as my tank is inexorably running dry. But today we have some gorgeous photos of wasps taken by Alan Clark from Liverpool. His caption (there’s just the introduction) is indented. Here are some photos of German Wasps, Vespula germanica. They were photographed […]