Category Archives: Mating

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Dogbane Leaf Beetle

This has got to be one of the shiniest leaf beetles in Canada and I was glad to come across them this hot summers’ day when I was feeling down and dispirited. As their name suggests, […]

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Bronzed Tiger Beetle Pair

This is a common tiger beetle in Alberta, but it is the first time I have managed to photograph a mating pair. This is the same species of beetle that I photographed last fall preparing […]

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Cellophane Bees

Bees in family Colletidae are called plasterer or polyester bees, and within that group, bees of the genus Colletes are known as ‘cellophane’ bees. They are solitary bees that nest in colonies (aggregations), and they are often […]

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Spring in the Opal Natural Area

I had my first 2015 visit to the Opal Natural Area on Thursday, a favorite area of mine due to the diverse habitats:  jack pine forest with open areas of kinnikinnick and reindeer moss, groves […]

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Red Leaf Beetles

Found these two red leaf beetles (possibly Tricholochmaea cavicollis) enjoying the view on the fringes of the pine sandhills at Halfmoon Lake Natural Area north of Edmonton.  A natural history fail on my part, I did not […]

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Pavel Krásenský Photographs Mating Strepsiptera

This is one of an amazing sequence photographed by Pavel Krásensky … Strepsiptera or Twisted-wing parasites are a bizarre internal parasites of bees and wasps. Their life-cycle begins similar to the oil beetles (Meloidae). From NC State […]

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Long-lipped Tiger Beetles Revisited

Just back from a family holiday to BC! Here’s a shot from before the break, the same beetles that I photographed earlier. Long-lipped tiger beetles on white. Not chilled, not frozen, not stunned…just amazingly compliant […]

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Jumping Spider Melodies — Dr. Wayne Maddison

Well, it is finally here. In November of  2012, the Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and the Entomological Society of Alberta kicked off with a great plenary symposium on Arthropod Biodiversity. […]

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