Category Archives: Acari

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Coming Soon to the Royal Alberta Museum…

The Royal Alberta Museum Curatorial Lecture Series 2013 begins this Friday! While the first free lecture probably does not include bugs (unless that diorama has a stray grylloblalttid or spider that I haven’t noticed…), the two free lectures that follow […]

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Earwicga Aegas ǽgðer Ymelas

Earwig is to ant as earwicga is to ǣmete (‘emmet’)…. Rooted in Anglo-Saxon, the origins of earwig from the online edition of the Oxford English Dictionary:  Old English ēarwicga, from ēare ‘ear’ + wicga ‘earwig’ (probably related to wiggle); the insect […]

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A Mite in the Museum

One day night, when spending a night evening at the museum, I was all alone. It was all eery like, and I was walking through this room that looked like it was a forest and it was […]

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Damselflies — On Bluets (and ‘Yellow-Greents’)

I came across this damselfly along the shores of the North Saskatchewan River in N.E. Edmonton (12 September, 2011). It seems simple enough to identify it as a ‘bluet’ (Genus Coenagrion or Enallagma) ’cause its […]

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A Velvet Mite

I was camping at the The Narrows Provincial Recreation Area in Alberta when I found this mite. It was under the bark of a fallen aspen tree – a bright-red eye-catcher among the decaying duff […]

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Just Wait, I’m Putting on my Shoes…

I  wanted to test my new Nikon R1 macro flash unit on a small subject, so I dug around in the leaf-mold terrarium that I keep in the basement to see if I could find […]

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The Process of Photography with S.E.M

Last week Macromite posted a detailed image of a predatory spring-tail hunting mite — Sellnickia. At the time I was curious about the process of taking SEM images and I left an inquiry to that […]

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Web Resources Update

In Alberta, bug fanciers and enthusiasts have a useful resource in AlbertaBugs, an email list which – “…is intended to encourage interest in the natural history or identification of bugs in Alberta and neighboring regions. […]

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