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Many little blues were dancing along the path as I walked through the woods in a natural area east of Sherwood Park. The trees were still bare, the sun filtered through twigs and branches. While the Azures were in flight they were a dazzling blue, but as soon as they descended to the ground to rest, they seemed to disappear immediately – with the bright blue wings closed, the subdued colour of the under-surface of the wing caused them to blend in with the jumbled browns and golds of bark, leaves and grasses. They were quite hard to approach, but this one allowed me to get close enough for a few photographs. Hints of the dazzling blue upper surface of the wing of this little Lycenid can be seen hairs on the thorax.
Thanks to John Acorn who ID’d this as the ”marginata” morph of Celastrina ladon (Cramer, 1780).
(Photographed with a Canon T2i, Canon EF 100mm Macro lens, 270 EX II Flash with diffuser. ISO 400, 1/200 sec. @ f13)
“The Missing Image”… it looks like it may become a regular feature.
Yesterday I sent out a last-minute request to Colin Hutton for permission to use one of his images for The Week on Sunday series. Of course, I waited too long, and his response came too late…but now I have it! Below is the image that first grabbed my attention on Facebook - not just a fine-looking bug, but a fine image.
Conura amoena is a chalcid wasp which parasitizes the pupae of small butterflies. It is only about 5mm long.
And to repeat yesterday’s introduction:
I don’t think I would be going too far to say that we are in the Golden Age of bug photography. Individuals from around the world are producing amazing photographs - detailed, well designed and sometimes even true works of art. This week I would like to direct you to the work of Colin Hutton, whose fine studio-style work can be seen at Deviant Art and at his website, Colin Hutton Photography. Wow!
Welcome to another Week on Sunday…
♦ Last year I did a post on the origins of the name of this wee lassie…
Now they’ve made the video…
♦ Smithsonian.com has been inspired by the latest outbreak of Brood II of the 17 year cicadas, which have not walloped East Coast ears since 1996. Go take a look at some of the amazing bug news that has happened since the last emergence!
♦ I don’t think I would be going too far to say that we are in the Golden Age of bug photography. Individuals from around the world are producing amazing photographs - detailed, well designed and sometimes even true works of art. This week I would like to direct you to the work of Colin Hutton, whose fine studio-style work can be seen at Deviant Art and at his website, Colin Hutton Photography. Wow!
♦ Aquatic insects – how to photograph them? Here are two bloggers who have taken the challenge. First check out Dragonfly Woman with her home-made aquatic studio, and then check out Sean McCann who has used a store-bought Betta tank. Dragonfly Woman (aka Chris Goforth) has also featured the aquatic photography of Steve Maxson.
Lots of inspiration here…will I finally take the aquatic bug challenge in 2013? I hope so!
That’s all for this week, have a great Mother’s Day!
This Agelenopsis spider seems to be watching me as much as I am watching it. Peering out of its funnel with four beady eyes, it seems somewhat apprehensive…
Hopefully this is the last of the old bug images as our warm season is beginning to get serious.
(Image from 20 July, 2011. Elk Island National Park)
Thanks to Morgan Jackson, who has come through with an ID – this is a spider fly (Acroceridae), also known as hunchback-flies or small-headed flies.
As far as is known all Acroceridae are parasitoids of spiders. They are most commonly collected when a spider from the field is brought into captivity. As in the related families, Bombyliidae and Nestrinidae, members of the family undergo hypermetamorphosis; the adults do not seek out their hosts; instead the first instar larvae is a planidium. In the Acroceridae the planidia seek out spiders. They do not resemble the triungulin of most beetles with a hypermetamorphosis, but do resemble the triungulin of Stylops. The larva can move with a looping movement like a leech or inchworm, and can leap several millimetres into the air. When a spider contacts an acrocerid planidium, the planidium grabs hold, crawls up the spider’s legs to its body, and forces its way through the body wall, usually at an articulation membrane. Often it lodges near a book lung, where it may remain for years before completing its development.
The adults of most species, like various members of the Tabanidae, Nemestrinidae and Bombyliidae, are nectar feeders with exceptionally long proboscises, sometimes longer than the entire bodily length of the insect. Unlike the other families however, when not deploying the proboscis for feeding, the Acroceridae carry it lengthwise medially beneath the body, instead of projecting forward. As a result the proboscis might escape casual notice, though careful inspection may reveal it projecting slightly behind the abdomen.
Another cool parasite!
(Found in the Saskatchewan River Valley, Edmonton.17 August, 2011)