Category Archives: Summer

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Male leafcutter bees.

Two little (7mm) male leafcutter bees, Megachile rotundata Fabricius,  at rest. These are solitary bees introduced to North America in the 1930’s to help pollinate alfalfa. More information on this bee can be found in […]

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Birthday Botfly

This is one of the cool insects I came across when going for a walk last year, on my birthday. I was visiting the wild side of a local park along the Saskatchewan River valley in […]

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Out, damned spot!

  One of the more frustrating problems in natural light insect photography, particularly with insects with large eyes, is the large specular highlight that is created by the sun. A small catch light in the […]

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Ant vs. wasp with a spider in the middle.

Every year I come across a few spider-hunting wasps, but I have yet to see a paralyzed spider actually being pulled into the nest. This time it seemed a sure thing: I first spotted the […]

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Scheduled Events for 2016

Please click on links for more information. 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 […]

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Exposed by a bee

A short break from the usual invertebrate images… Normally hard to spot in the duff of theforest floor , wood frogs, Lithobates sylvaticus (LeConte, 1825) usually reveal themselves by movement. This one exposed itself when it jumped up […]

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Zephyrs in the Park III

Continuing with the ‘Zephyrs in the Park’ series, here are the long-awaited Lasioglossum zephyrum mating scenes. This time, there are none of the narrator’s dulcet tones to distract, so those who aren’t partial to music with […]

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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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