Category Archives: Alberta

1-20170718-EdmontonRiverValley-Adrian-Thysse-029-720x480.jpg

Birthday Botfly

This is one of the cool insects I came across when going for a walk last year, on my birthday. I was visiting the wild side of a local park along the Saskatchewan River valley in […]

Continue reading »
20170202-longhorn-Adrian-Thysse-720x473.jpg

What’s up, Doc?

Overloaded hard drives and sluggish Lightroom behaviour have forced me to reshuffle catalogues and update my backup methods. In the process of merging catalogues, I came across this portrait of a White-spotted Sawyer beetle (Coleoptera, Family Cerambycidae), […]

Continue reading »
20170601-Libellula-quadrimaculata-ElkIsland-Adrian-Thysse.jpg

The Belly of the Dragon

The belly of the dragonfly, that is. This Four-spotted Skimmer (Libellula quadrimaculata Linnaeus, 1758) is glowing gold from the backlight. This is a species found throughout the northern hemisphere, from North American and Europe through […]

Continue reading »
halfmoon20170529_0059-720x480.jpg

Mating Long-lipped Tiger Beetles

Photographing Long-lipped Tiger Beetles (Cicindela longilabris) at Halfmoon Lake Natural Area is now an annual event. On this occasion, (29 May 2017) the only difference is that I managed to record video of two pairs. The […]

Continue reading »
20170504-sandwasp-Adrian-Thysse-3-720x480.jpg

First Spring Field Trip 2017

With an unruly spring–further delayed by an eight-day trip to New York with She Who Must be Obeyed, my usual April launch into the ice-free wilds became a May day. Ignoring the unkempt garden for a […]

Continue reading »
Honeybee20160914_0001-720x406.jpg

Bee Watching

Pour yourself a glass of mead and take a seat. Please watch in HD full screen to make the most of the video, and enjoy the movement of bees in flight, followed by a brief […]

Continue reading »
elkisland20160907_0035-2.jpg

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 […]

Continue reading »
elkisland20160907_0007-2-HDR-720x576.jpg

Photographic techniques for the forest floor

Bugs have been pushed into the back seat for a while. Cool, crisp mornings can mean a dearth of insects, but a wealth of fungi, slime moulds, mosses, liverworts, and lichens still beckon. Here are some […]

Continue reading »