Category Archives: Diptera

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Bee-mimic Assassin

I don’t often get the chance to photograph robber flies (Asilidae), so it was nice to have another opportunity this year during a visit to Halfmoon Lake Natural Area on the 13 June. I had […]

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Assassin Fly — Cyrtopogon falto

A few days ago while I was walking in the Opal Natural Area, I noticed some movement in a small pit in the sand on the trail. Whatever it was, I could not distinguish it from […]

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Martagon

One of the more successful plants in our garden are the white Martagon lilies we bought many years ago. They appreciate light shade and do well as a woodland plant. They will self-seed when happy with […]

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Chalcosyrphus plesia (Curran 1925)

From June last year… Very striking in appearance, this hoverfly seems to be mimicking an hymenopteran of some kind. I could find out little about this fly, except that it prefers wooded areas, and that […]

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Cranefly Portrait

   

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Bristle Fly?

The flies in the Family Tachinidae could very well take the common name of ‘Bristle Fly’, due to the many stiff hairs that cover the abdomen of many species. My dismal April Fool’s post was indeed a Tachinid […]

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Macro Tip #2: How to stop insects from moving

One of the most common questions I get in workshops is, “Was it alive when you photographed it?”, and when I insist that it was, the next question is invariably “So, how do you stop […]

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September in the Cavell Meadows

The winding Edith Cavell road leads up to Mt. Edith Cavell and the Angel Glacier. The trail-head leading away from the parking lot allows fairly easy access to alpine meadows, making it one of the […]

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