Category Archives: Summer

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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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Zephyrs in the Park II

At last, the second part of the Zephyrs in the Park series, showing condensed video of the behaviour of the sweat bee, Lasioglossum zephyrum at the nest entrances. Part one can be seen here. I will […]

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Sphingid Caterpillars

Sphingid species (Lepidoptera, Family Sphingidae) are commonly known as ‘horntails’ or ‘hornworms’, for reasons that are fairly obvious. Last July, I came across three distinctive horntail caterpillars while on photo-walks. I found that ID is not […]

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