Category Archives: Spring

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I spotted a ladybird beetle

I found this Eye-spotted Ladybug (Anatis mali) in the garden on 18 April this year. It is a widespread native of North America, but this is the first time I have seen it in the garden. […]

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Scenes from the hive

During the last workshop, we had a photo-session with bees at the hive. While it is not generally recommended that instructors take images for their own purposes during a workshop, the participants were all comfortable […]

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Macro workshop, with bees.

Last week I lead a group of people in a macro workshop, with the bonus that most of the participants were beekeepers! After a morning of learning, setting up equipment and some table-top practice, we […]

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Western Yellowjacket Queen

The western yellowjacket (Vespula pensylvanica) is a common wasp in Alberta. Unlike Dolichovespula arenaria which constructs suspended aerial nests, V. pensylvanica builds paper nests underground, sometimes using rodent burrows, and in urban areas nests can […]

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Halfmoon Lake Natural Area

One of my favourite locations is the sandy jack pine ecosystem of the Halfmoon Lake Natural Area north of Edmonton. I began visiting in the spring of 2013 and I have been returning for regular visits […]

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Ento 101: the Abdomen

Long neglected, I am resuming with the Ento. 101 project. Please view the disclaimer at the bottom of the Entomology 101 page. Previous: Ento. 101–Legs. The Insect Abdomen (eidonomy for now, I’ll save the guts for later) […]

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A Green Click Beetle

I found this lovely green click beetle on the 4 June last year, in the North Saskatchewan river valley in Edmonton. I have not had much luck finding out more details about this Elaterid, which […]

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Stormy Arches

Stormy Arches. What a cool common name for this monotone but complexly patterned moth, Polia nimbosa (Guenée, 1852) from the Noctuidae family.   All photos are of one live specimen caught in the home garden light trap […]

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