A Bit of Arkansas Wildlife

My travels often take me out beyond the scope of Northwest Wildlife but my camera is always ready. Here’s a few shots I managed on a fairly cold day in Arkansas. I had to turn over a lot of logs and rocks but the effort was worthwhile. Especially gratifying was the little five lined skink […]

Insect Choppers

Just because everyone’s eating and chomping down this holiday:

Termites display the difference between workers and soldiers; the western harvester ant shows off its chopper – and believe me they pack a wallop.




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Harvester Ants – The Fossil Hunter’s Friend

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After this this article was written I received information from Louis Sorkin B.C.E., Entomologist and Arachnologist at the American Museum of Natural History in NY who identified as most likely belonging to a group of insects called reduviid bugs, a group of ambush predators that are also known as “true bugs”. I found these guys […]

GIANT WATER BUGS AND WATER SCORPIONS – the Big and Tall of Invertebrate Predators

If they weren’t such ferocious predators you might compare these guys to Laurel and Hardy. Common freshwater insects of ponds, marshes, and lakes these guys represent the big and tall end of invertebrate predators. But don’t look for laughs. Neither has a particularly comical side to its personality.

Nicknamed “Toe Biter” the Giant Water Bug […]

Ants and Aphids

It’s one of those things you read about and hear about all the time but seldom see. Then one day you happen to notice an odd discoloration on plant such as a sunflower. You look a bit closer and notice something even more odd – the discoloration is moving.

So you look closer. […]