Category Archives: Bugs

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Contact

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Ant vs. wasp with a spider in the middle.

Every year I come across a few spider-hunting wasps, but I have yet to see a paralyzed spider actually being pulled into the nest. This time it seemed a sure thing: I first spotted the […]

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Scheduled Events for 2016

Please click on links for more information. 9 – 23 July (Saturdays). Nature Photography workshop at MacEwan University. 6 August. Bug Jamboree at the Ellis Bird Farm. 8 August. Macro Photography in the Garden workshop at […]

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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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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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