Category Archives: Thomisidae



One of the more successful plants in our garden are the white Martagon lilies we bought many years ago. They appreciate light shade and do well as a woodland plant. They will self-seed when happy with […]

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Shadow Lurker

  Crab spiders (Misumena vatia) are common in the garden, so I they offer the opportunity to experiment. Here is a caterpillar’s viewpoint, under a windflower. (20 May, 2011. Canon 5D Mk II,  Tamron Telephoto SP AF […]

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Pleased to meet you…

The last friendly face a visiting bee or butterfly may see… (27 July, 2010. Nikon D80 with Tamron 90mm f2.8 macro lens. Diffused flash. ISO 200, 1/200 sec. @ f “45“) Related articles Why the […]

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Why the Long Lens?

As I show in my workshops, macro lenses come in all shapes and sizes. One of my favourites is the long Tamron 180mm, a super-sharp lens that can give amazing results (but see this article […]

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Spider Wasp with Crab Spider

I found this spider-dragging wasp scampering over a fallen pine in the sandy Halfmoon Lake Natural Area. It was a challenge to photograph –  the rapidly moving spider, traveling over the rough surface of the […]

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One Awkward Spider

This Ground Crab Spider (Xysticus sp.) seems to be imitating a meteor. It was found in this position just off the trail in Dinosaur Provincial Park – motionless but apparently undamaged. I examined it, and flicked the […]

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Best Images of 2012

For a variety of reasons, 2012 was not a very productive year for me in regards to bug photography, but here are a handful of my favorite images that, overall, attracted the most attention in […]

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Lurking Loudly

Sometimes one wonders about cryptic coloration, or the lack of it… Last week I posted an image of one of our common garden spiders, Misumana vatia. She was neatly ensconced in a pink rose, so well camouflaged […]

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