Category Archives: Bugs

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A Running Crab Spider — Philodromus histrio

Philodromus histrio is found worldwide across the northern hemisphere, this one was found in our front garden in Edmonton. In Sweden the name is Praktsnabblöpare, translating to “Magnificent Fast Runner”. The only site that carried some of […]

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Western Yellowjacket Queen

The western yellowjacket (Vespula pensylvanica) is a common wasp in Alberta. Unlike Dolichovespula arenaria which constructs suspended aerial nests, V. pensylvanica builds paper nests underground, sometimes using rodent burrows, and in urban areas nests can […]

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A Green Click Beetle

I found this lovely green click beetle on the 4 June last year, in the North Saskatchewan river valley in Edmonton. I have not had much luck finding out more details about this Elaterid, which […]

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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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Stormy Arches

Stormy Arches. What a cool common name for this monotone but complexly patterned moth, Polia nimbosa (Guenée, 1852) from the Noctuidae family.   All photos are of one live specimen caught in the home garden light trap […]

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Sphingid Caterpillars

Sphingid species (Lepidoptera, Family Sphingidae) are commonly known as ‘horntails’ or ‘hornworms’, for reasons that are fairly obvious. Last July, I came across three distinctive horntail caterpillars while on photo-walks. I found that ID is not […]

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Zephyrs in the Park

I spent part of my summer in Goldbar Park in Edmonton, standing at the face of a tall earthen bank, photographing and video recording the life of the many insects that made their appearance there. […]

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Plagodis phlogosaria, Family Geometridae

Plagodis phlogosaria is disassembled at Wikipedia thusly: “The binomial name refers to the Greek phlogos (meaning “flame”), phlogistos (meaning “to burn” or “inflame”) or phlogosis (meaning “inflammation”)”. So, with all that going for it, one […]

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