Category Archives: Hymenoptera

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Odds and Ends

I’m back after a long absence from this blog. Besides the usual dealing-with-life issues,  I simply have not managed to get out into the field as much as I would like. During the times when […]

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Ant vs. wasp with a spider in the middle.

Every year I come across a few spider-hunting wasps, but I have yet to see a paralyzed spider actually being pulled into the nest. This time it seemed a sure thing: I first spotted the […]

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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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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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Zephyrs in the Park II

At last, the second part of the Zephyrs in the Park series, showing condensed video of the behaviour of the sweat bee, Lasioglossum zephyrum at the nest entrances. Part one can be seen here. I will […]

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