Author Archives: Adrian

Born in Canada, but of Dutch descent, my early life was influenced by travels with a constantly moving family. Our wanderings took us through Canada and South Africa until, at the age of 17, we settled down in Edmonton, Alberta. A Landscape Gardener by trade, over the years I have developed a multitude of interests which I now share by means of photography and blogging. I appreciate nature in all its forms, but particularly insects, spiders and other arthropods. I am a science watcher, and I have an interest in the history of science, especially biology, entomology and evolution. I am married, with one delightful daughter.
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Bee-mimic Assassin

I don’t often get the chance to photograph robber flies (Asilidae), so it was nice to have another opportunity this year during a visit to Halfmoon Lake Natural Area on the 13 June. I had […]

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Scheduled Events for 2016

Please click on links for more information. 9 – 23 July (Saturdays). Nature Photography workshop at MacEwan University. 6 August. Bug Jamboree at the Ellis Bird Farm. 8 August. Macro Photography in the Garden workshop at […]

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Assassin Fly — Cyrtopogon falto

A few days ago while I was walking in the Opal Natural Area, I noticed some movement in a small pit in the sand on the trail. Whatever it was, I could not distinguish it from […]

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Exposed by a bee

A short break from the usual invertebrate images… Normally hard to spot in the duff of theforest floor , wood frogs, Lithobates sylvaticus (LeConte, 1825) usually reveal themselves by movement. This one exposed itself when it jumped up […]

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Pine Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Dasychira grisefacta)

I found this caterpillar trundling along the sidewalk at Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park on 17 May this year. Noticing all the tufts and hairs I immediately thought, “I bet that’s irritating!”, so dropped to […]

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A Running Crab Spider — Philodromus histrio

Philodromus histrio is found worldwide across the northern hemisphere, this one was found in our front garden in Edmonton. In Sweden the name is Praktsnabblöpare, translating to “Magnificent Fast Runner”. The only site that carried some of […]

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Red Net-winged Beetle

We had a short visit to Jasper National Park earlier this week and came across this specimen of Red Net-winged Beetle, Dictyoptera simplicipes. It was sitting on a tree stump on a path near Athabasca Falls. It […]

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The Sting of the Honeybee

A worker bee, when threatened or when protecting the hive, may sting. All worker bees are females, and all have a stinger at the end of the abdomen. This stinger is a modified ovipositor (egg-laying […]

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