My Top 10 Macro Photographs in 2013

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

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.


Ready to jam at the Jamboree!

Jumping Spider Habronattus americanus. Opal Natural Area



Meadowhawk (Sympatrum sp.) Elk Island National Park


Black-rimmed Prominent (Pheosia rimosa Packard, 1864)

Black-rimmed Prominent (Pheosia rimosa)


Cherry-faced Meadowhawk on Reindeer Moss

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.

A Jagged Ambush Bug (Phymata americana) with captured hoverfly. Dinosaur Provincial Park


Preparing to make whoopee...

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 prey.

Dipigon sayi (Hymenoptera: Family Pomplidae) with Xysticus sp. spider. Halfmoon Lake Nat. Area.




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  1. Charles Bird 29 December, 2013 at 8:36 AM #

    Excellent photographs Adrian!

    • Adrian 29 December, 2013 at 8:51 AM #

      Thanks Charles!

  2. Gary Anweiler 29 December, 2013 at 11:18 AM #

    ….and MY vote for No. 1 is the the Cherry-face and lichen…..

  3. Brian Cutting 29 December, 2013 at 12:21 PM #

    Really great images, bravo!

  4. Ted C. MacRae 29 December, 2013 at 1:32 PM #

    Great selection, Adrian. Compositionally my favorite also is the cherry-face on lichen. For telling a natural history, I like the wasp w/ spider photo.

  5. Matt Cole 30 December, 2013 at 1:23 AM #

    A very nice selection of images Adrian. Best wishes for 2014.

  6. Adrian 30 December, 2013 at 7:40 AM #

    Thanks Gary, Brian, Ted and Matt! The cherry-face on lichen is was popular at my displays as well. My favourite would have to be the wasp and spider image: in the photo it seems to be taking a strikingly heroic pose on a pinnacle, with that lovely background bokeh. But of course it was scuttling about feverishly on a fallen pine log, while I was trying to keep pace, firing at every opportunity! I am lucky that the flash was still charged at this moment.

  7. Ben Baker 31 December, 2013 at 5:17 PM #

    Wasp v spider is a brilliant shot.

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