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Scheduled Events for 2016

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9 – 23 July (Saturdays). Nature Photography workshop at MacEwan University.

6 August. Bug Jamboree at the Ellis Bird Farm.

8 August. Macro Photography in the Garden workshop at Ellis Bird Farm.

21 August. Intermediate Macro Photography workshop at Ellis Bird Farm.

Visit the Workshop page for more learning options.

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Memory Catcher: Kleianne’s Wish

You have to admire someone, who, although facing adversity, turns her young mind to macro photography:

Well done Kleianne, it was nice to see you and your work on the video!  Thanks to Nicole Beart of Memory Catcher for producing the video and Make-a-Wish Northern Alberta for granting Kleianne’s wish.

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Updates: Workshop Calendar and more…

♦ It almost seems strange that my business plan is actually on track! As I mentioned last year, that besides the small-group macro workshops, I also hoped to be offering classes in 2014. Well, it has happened! Thanks to The Ellis Bird Farm, Olds College and MacEwan University, I now have photography classes available in a variety of locations in central Alberta. Check out Summer Workshops 2014 for the classes that are this Spring and Summer.

♦ The small-group workshops will continue, but now only by request. So if you would rather learn at a conversational level, with four people or less per group, contact me and we will arrange something! Scheduled Small Group Workshops will begin again in winter.

♦ Don’t forget to join the Alberta Macro Workshop page on Facebook! It’s open to all, whether you plan on taking a workshop or not. I will regularly add links on macro techniques and to other macro workshops, anywhere in the world.

♦ Want to be on my link list? If you have or know of a blog or website that regularly features entomology and/or macro photography, let me know and I’ll add you to the list. I am also interested in building new links with photographers who specialize in other areas of macro nature photography–fungi, mosses, lichens, water life etc.

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Pavel Krásenský Photographs Mating Strepsiptera

This is one of an amazing sequence photographed by Pavel Krásensky 

Male Strepsiptera approaching bee, by Pavel Krásenský

Male Strepsiptera approaching bee, by Pavel Krásenský

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 University Entomology pages:

Strepsiptera share so many characteristics with beetles that some entomologists classify them as a superfamily of Coleoptera.  In fact, Strepsiptera and certain parasitic beetles (in the families Meloidaeand Rhipiphoridae) are among the very few insects that undergo hypermetamorphosis, an unusual type of holometabolous development in which the larvae change body form as they mature.  Upon emerging from their mother’s body, the young larvae, called triunguloids, have six legs and crawl around in search of a suitable host.  In species that parasitize bees or wasps, a triunguloid usually climbs to the top of a flower and waits for a pollinator.  When a host arrives, the larva jumps aboard, burrows into its body, and quickly molts into a second stage that has no distinct head, legs, antennae or other insect-like features.  These larvae grow and continue to molt inside the host’s body cavity, assimilating nutrients from the blood and non-vital tissues.  After pupating in the host, winged males emerge and fly in search of mates.  An adult female remains inside her host, managing to attract and mate with a male while only a small portion of her body protrudes from the host’s abdomen.  Embryos develop within the female’s body, and a new generation of triunguloid larvae begin their life cycle by escaping through a brood passage on the underside of her body.

See the whole sequence at Pavel’s blog, Macrophotography (use Google translate!). My Meloidae post can be seen at The Black Oil Beetle.

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Bugs with Coffee

Bug Photography

  • Alex Wild talks about the story behind one of his favorite photographs.

Bug Science

Bugs for Kids




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