Category Archives: Provincial Park

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Microlinyphia mandibulata (Emerton 1882)

An adult male Microlinyphia mandibulata, previously blogged about at Delicate Linyphiidae. This is a sheet-web weaver (Linyphiidae), so named for the shape of their webs. Four photos of this spider are now up at the gallery. (Photographed […]

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Buffalo Treehopper

My first impression was ‘Triceratops’ rather than “Buffalo”… This Membracid (Ceresa sp.) was one of the nice surprises I found in Writing-on-Stone in late September last year. I was searching through shoreline shrubs beside the Milk […]

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Writing-on-Stone Hoppers

Continuing on my September southern Alberta tour, with some of the grasshoppers I found at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park.   The go-to man for grasshopper knowledge in Alberta is Dan Johnson, and he helped ID most of the photos I’m […]

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Writing-on-Stone Polistes

Continuing on the southern Alberta tour for 2014… After Waterton Lakes National Park, I moved on to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. No problem with campsites here, there is only one and weekdays–out of season–there is always […]

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Formica ravida. Creighton, 1940

As I indicated earlier, I’ll be attacking a backlog of photographs this season, and here is the first updated gallery, from September 2011: Formica ravida Creighton, 1940 (as identified by James Trager at BugGuide). These ants were […]

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My Top 10 Macro Photographs in 2013

Here are my top photo choices for 2013. The selection is based somewhat on public response, but mostly just because they are my personal favorites. Like most years, these are wild Alberta bugs, photographed alive and kicking, without cooling […]

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A Migratory Grasshopper One-hander

Grasshoppers can be a nuisance to photograph sometimes…   Even when you approach them as slowly and discretely as possible, you will find them sidling over to the other side of the stem–that’s if they haven’t […]

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Just stick out your tongue and say “Aaaah”…

Dr. Phymata doing the obligatory health check before proceeding with the operation… (22 September, 2013. Dinosaur Provincial Park. Canon T2i with EF 100mm f2.8 macro lens and diffused flash. ISO 400, 1/200 sec. @ f11)  

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