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This is a set from August, 2010. They were taken in the Opal Natural Area, in a year when there seemed to be an unusually high amount of seven-spot ladybird beetles in the area. This is not a true metamorphic sequence, because all these shots are of different specimens, but it does show the different stages of change from larva, through pupa to adult, all taken within two-hours.
Finally back with another look at articles that caught my attention in the last week(s). I’ll lead off with a new series narrated by the great Sir David Attenborough:
◊ Along with to explorer and filmmaker James Cameron and oceanographer Sylvia Earle, National Geographic has honored E.O Wilson with the Hubbard Medal for his lifelong commitment to the planet’s rich diversity through his research and writing. The Hubbard Medal is awarded by the National Geographic Society for distinction in exploration, discovery, and research. The medal is named after Gardiner Greene Hubbard, first National Geographic Society president. E. O Wilson has been an inspiration for me, and I am glad to see him honored with this prestigious award.
Most Saturdays mornings my daughter attends an orchestra practice, which often takes place at Wye Hall east of Sherwood Park, Alberta. While she is busy, I have the chance to scoot off to a nearby natural area that lies around the Fultonvale School and sports fields. Because the time is limited, and the walk is for exercise as well as nature appreciation, I don’t have a lot of time to linger. In fact, these photos are from a week ago, the only time in the last week that I had the time to don my bug photographer’s garb and hit the trail. Here’s a sample of the images taken when out on a quick walk (1hour) through the woods, using only the equipment in the lightweight kit and essentials.
Not fair, or even possible – I just don’t know. Here is a freshly emerged parasitoidan organism that lives in or on the body of a single host individual, eventually killing that host. wasp screaming-out for ID…