Category Archives: Behaviour

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Out, damned spot!

  One of the more frustrating problems in natural light insect photography, particularly with insects with large eyes, is the large specular highlight that is created by the sun. A small catch light in the […]

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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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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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Scenes from the hive

During the last workshop, we had a photo-session with bees at the hive. While it is not generally recommended that instructors take images for their own purposes during a workshop, the participants were all comfortable […]

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Zephyrs in the Park III

Continuing with the ‘Zephyrs in the Park’ series, here are the long-awaited Lasioglossum zephyrum mating scenes. This time, there are none of the narrator’s dulcet tones to distract, so those who aren’t partial to music with […]

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Zephyrs in the Park II

At last, the second part of the Zephyrs in the Park series, showing condensed video of the behaviour of the sweat bee, Lasioglossum zephyrum at the nest entrances. Part one can be seen here. I will […]

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What I did last summer

Last summer was not very productive in regards to the diversity of bugs photographed, partly because I spent a lot of my free time visiting Edmonton’s Goldbar Park. Thanks to a tip from Gary Anweiler, […]

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Take-off

Posts will be infrequent and short as I work on other projects. So, in case you missed it before, this Dogbane leaf beetle — tired of posing — lifts its elytra and unfolds the flight […]

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