Readers’ wildlife photographs

Why Evolution Is True

As I’ll be traveling back to the U.S. on Valentine’s Day, here’s an early Valentine post for all the readers. It’s from Mark Sturtevant, showing his beloved insects in the throes of passion.

Here are some pictures that I took this summer which seem appropriate for Valentine’s Day. The first is a mating pair of Yellow-collared scape moths (Cisseps fulvicollis) on goldenrod. There is a similar species, Ctenucha virginica, but these differ in certain details. In any case, the bright colors of these day-flying moths may be to mimic wasps, or they are to advertise that they are distasteful. The two sexes look alike, but one can identify which is which by their antennae. [JAC: guess which is the male.)

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The second picture shows one of the ‘sharpshooter’ leafhoppers. This one has various common names, but my favorite is the Candy-striped leafhopper (Graphocephala coccinea). These small…

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