Frontiers EcoPics: an ongoing natural history photo series

The Ecological Society of America’s Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment is continuing to accept submissions for its new series, “Frontiers EcoPics.” We are looking for photos that tell an intriguing natural history story, plus a 150- to 250-word description. Frontiers EcoPics is not just a series of attractive photos: the image and accompanying text should showcase an interesting and little-known aspect of an organism’s behavior and natural history. We recommend giving a brief introduction, discussing the natural history aspect shown in the photo(s), and concluding (where appropriate) with an open question – something that will make readers think about the science behind the photo.

Due to space constraints, we ask that each submission have a maximum of two authors and affiliations.

Published submissions will receive a unique DOI, and will be included in the print version of the journal as well as online, where EcoPics are free for all to read.

Image specifications: photos should be sharp and properly exposed, high enough resolution to print at 300 dpi (at least 1200 pixels wide), and supplied as JPG, TIFF, or PNG files.

Please send submissions directly to

Oases for insects

Hazardous hermit crab homes

Leafy lodging

A grim spot for a goose nest?

Arachnid ambush

A tale of four swallowtails

For some tropical birds, home is where the rot is

Opportunistic fishing buddy

Precipitation could spell peril for penguins

Wielding a leaf may dissuade mischief

A dewy diet for moth larvae

Not just corals – sponges are bleaching too!

Hanging out for a drink

Enigmatic display

Now you see me, now you don’t

An old tree and its many-shaped leaves

A woody chamber of secrets

A rattlesnake finds refuge

An unexpected visitor

New recruit at the tree line

Mating mayhem

Dance of the sawshelled turtles

The wind dancer

Frozen at low tide

Love in strange places

Life, in a nutshell

Home decorating by an endangered ecosystem engineer

Salmon, forage fish, and kelp

Highwayman fly hijacks fierce trap-jaw ants

Ten-legged floral visitors