Category Archives: Behaviour

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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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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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Testing the Air

While watering plants in the garden, I spotted two Scarlet Malachite beetles apparently ‘head-butting’ each other on the stem of a plant, so I rushed to get my camera. By the time I returned the pair […]

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Digging Tiger

Blow-out tiger beetle (Cicindela lengi versuta) digging a burrow. That is all. 29 September, On the banks of the Milk River, Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, Alberta. Related articles Writing-on-Stone Polistes

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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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One big sawfly

    Wood wasps, also known as horntails, are large sawflies (suborder Symphyta) in the family Siricidae. They are in the same order (Hymenoptera) as wasps and bees, yet they are harmless to us, as […]

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Callaspidia sp., parasitoid wasp.

Another gallery update, this time from 2010. This story of this unique sequence of photographs can be found at Parasitoid, Predator and Prey. All the photos were taken with an Tamron 90mm macro lens, mounted on […]

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