Category Archives: arthropods

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Philodromid Mom

A Running Crab Spider (Family Philodromidae) found in the garden under a lily leaf, guarding her egg case. Running crab spiders are hunters, and do not build webs to capture prey. When hunting they do lay a […]

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Microlinyphia mandibulata (Emerton 1882)

An adult male Microlinyphia mandibulata, previously blogged about at Delicate Linyphiidae. This is a sheet-web weaver (Linyphiidae), so named for the shape of their webs. Four photos of this spider are now up at the gallery. (Photographed […]

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Monochamus scutellatus (Say, 1824)

This is the other character that landed on my backpack while on the mountain slopes in Waterton. The white-spotted sawyer or spruce sawyer is a common beetle but remains impressive when you come across one, especially the males […]

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A Wanderer

Wandering spiders. Late summer, and it’s time for male spiders to find a mate and leave their imprint on the world. It’s a last-ditch effort. Winter is near and it’s now or never. This is a grass […]

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Wasp Nest Squatter

I was forced to destroy the wasp nest that had been growing on our garage door frame, as it was becoming a danger to us when we entered or left the garage. The morning after my dastardly night […]

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Shoot long and shoot often

My favourite shot of the Marbled Orb Weaver photo session. After photographing the spider on a white background, I returned it to nature, to a convenient path-side log. I followed it as it moved over its […]

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Wolf Spider

Wolf spiders are amoung the most commonly encountered arachnids when you’re outdoors bug-hunting with your camera. Most likely you’ll find them basking on sun-soaked tree trunks and docks, often with an egg case prominently attached to the spinnerets on […]

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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 […]

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