Category Archives: Hemiptera

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Insects by Order: Hemiptera, the ‘True’ Bugs.

It has happened more than once, at some point in a presentation or macro class, that my reference to ‘true bugs’ will trigger a response from someone with words to the effect of, “There are […]

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Keep that big green stinkbug at arm’s length

A quick macro photography tip: when your subject is slow and compliant, and when regulations and common sense allow you to pull a branch, side shoot or flower stem from a plant (in your garden, […]

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Buffalo Treehopper

My first impression was ‘Triceratops’ rather than “Buffalo”… This Membracid (Ceresa sp.) was one of the nice surprises I found in Writing-on-Stone in late September last year. I was searching through shoreline shrubs beside the Milk […]

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Chillin’ Spider

This laid-back fishing spider (Dolomedes triton), was resting on a floating birch branch at the pond edge at the Jan Janzen Nature Centre. I had to add a tele-extender to my macro lens to get it within […]

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Just stick out your tongue and say “Aaaah”…

Dr. Phymata doing the obligatory health check before proceeding with the operation… (22 September, 2013. Dinosaur Provincial Park. Canon T2i with EF 100mm f2.8 macro lens and diffused flash. ISO 400, 1/200 sec. @ f11)  

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The Bug from Áísínai’pi

Chance favours the prepared photographer… During my Fall field trip I spent a few days at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park (aka: the Áísínai’pi National Historic Site), one of my favourite (off-season) prairie parks to visit. Besides […]

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Olympus BioScapes 2012 Results

If you are here for a first time visit, you may not know why a bug blog is venturing into microscopy. This is driven partially by climate: I live in Alberta Canada, and for about […]

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The Week on Sunday 7

Spent the last few days in Banff National Park, not bug-hunting, but attending the wedding of niece Teresa and her beau, Nial. A great time was had by all, and the event was mostly bug free – […]

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