Category Archives: Coleoptera

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Caragana Blister Beetle

I found these oil beetles in the North Saskatchewan River valley in Edmonton on the 24 May. They were aggregating in a grassy area not far from Siberian Pea Shrub bushes (Caragana arborescens) which are the […]

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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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Scarlet Lily Leaf Beetle

  I must confess that spotting this beetle on one of our martagon lilies yesterday gave me a smile and added enough spring to my step that I could have managed the clicking-of-the-heels. This leaf […]

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Bronzed Tiger Beetle Pair

This is a common tiger beetle in Alberta, but it is the first time I have managed to photograph a mating pair. This is the same species of beetle that I photographed last fall preparing […]

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Playing in the Sand

I took a day-trip to the Halfmoon Lake Natural Area last week, a lovely bright sky day without too much heat. The early and coolest part of the walk was not great for bug photography, […]

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Pterostichus with prey.

This ground beetle was startled when I first leaned in to photograph it, but did not let go of its prey when it scurried off! Both the larvae and the adults in this genus are predacious, […]

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Clytus ruricola

  Said to be a wasp mimic, Clytus ruricola, the Round-necked Longhorn (Family Cerambycidae) is a wood-boring beetle whose larva feed mostly on maple. The adult is a pollen feeder and, in this case, is making […]

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Just mildly interesting.

I’ve known for a several years about the famous (in Holland, anyhow) Dutch ecologist and botanist Dr. Jac P. Thijsse (1865 – 1945) who gained his reputation through his naturalistic park designs. Although my father […]

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