Category Archives: Edmonton

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Odds and Ends

◊ Jan Harmsky (Czech Republic), has taken his passion for macro and freshwater life and turned it into an impressive book, Life in fresh water. From his web page: The purpose of this book is to allow […]

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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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The Sting of the Honeybee

A worker bee, when threatened or when protecting the hive, may sting. All worker bees are females, and all have a stinger at the end of the abdomen. This stinger is a modified ovipositor (egg-laying […]

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I spotted a ladybird beetle

I found this Eye-spotted Ladybug (Anatis mali) in the garden on 18 April this year. It is a widespread native of North America, but this is the first time I have seen it in the garden. […]

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Scenes from the hive

During the last workshop, we had a photo-session with bees at the hive. While it is not generally recommended that instructors take images for their own purposes during a workshop, the participants were all comfortable […]

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Macro workshop, with bees.

Last week I lead a group of people in a macro workshop, with the bonus that most of the participants were beekeepers! After a morning of learning, setting up equipment and some table-top practice, we […]

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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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Zephyrs in the Park III

Continuing with the ‘Zephyrs in the Park’ series, here are the long-awaited Lasioglossum zephyrum mating scenes. This time, there are none of the narrator’s dulcet tones to distract, so those who aren’t partial to music with […]

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