Here are my top photo choices for 2013. The selection is based somewhat on public response, but mostly just because they are my personal favorites. Like most years, these are wild Alberta bugs, photographed alive and kicking, without cooling or freezing to slow them down.
Mating Long-lipped Tiger Beetles, Cicindela longilabris. Halfmoon Lake Natural Area.
Bee fly ((Family Bombyliidae, possibly Villa fulviana) in wild aster blooms. Home garden, Edmonton.
Jumping Spider Habronattus americanus. Opal Natural Area
Meadowhawk (Sympatrum sp.) Elk Island National Park
Black-rimmed Prominent (Pheosia rimosa)
Cherry-Faced Meadowhawk (Sympetrum internum) on Reindeer Moss
Spruce or White-spotted Sawyer (Monochamus scutellatus). Devonian Botanic Gardens
A Jagged Ambush Bug (Phymata americana) with captured hoverfly. Dinosaur Provincial Park
Running Crab Spider (Philodromus sp.) dances on the head of a pin. At home, Edmonton.
And last, but not least, the type of bug photography that I enjoy pursuing (and I mean pursuing!) most: solitary wasps with prey…
Dipigon sayi (Hymenoptera: Family Pomplidae) with Xysticus sp. spider. Halfmoon Lake Nat. Area.