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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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Pine Tussock Moth Caterpillar (Dasychira grisefacta)

I found this caterpillar trundling along the sidewalk at Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park on 17 May this year. Noticing all the tufts and hairs I immediately thought, “I bet that’s irritating!”, so dropped to […]

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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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Pensive Pismire

This is from the same set of photographs that were part of the Hope Arising post that I shared last year. All the photos from that sequence are now online in the gallery.

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Our ‘pavement ants’…

The most common ant in our Edmonton, Alberta garden is a black field ant which manages to make nests in various areas, usually in conjunction with pavement. (The commonly known pavement ant, Tetramorium caespitum, does not […]

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The Week on Sunday #39

♦ This Week on Sunday I want to open up with this amazing photograph. Not just a great photograph of an ant, this is a great photo of a model of an ant! Unfortunately they are […]

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Hope Arising

Fallen and decaying logs in shaded areas will usually draw my attention because they can host – or be a platform for – a variety of life suitable for the macro photographer. This particular log […]

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Formica – going for seed

Near the end of the trail in Elk Island National Park, I spotted a dark jumping spider on the end of a fallen log. Unable to resist Salticids, I hunkered down and began shooting. The […]

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