Tag Archives: beetle

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Playing in the Sand

I took a day-trip to the Halfmoon Lake Natural Area last week, a lovely bright sky day without too much heat. The early and coolest part of the walk was not great for bug photography, […]

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Pterostichus with prey.

This ground beetle was startled when I first leaned in to photograph it, but did not let go of its prey when it scurried off! Both the larvae and the adults in this genus are predacious, […]

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Clytus ruricola

  Said to be a wasp mimic, Clytus ruricola, the Round-necked Longhorn (Family Cerambycidae) is a wood-boring beetle whose larva feed mostly on maple. The adult is a pollen feeder and, in this case, is making […]

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Monochamus scutellatus (Say, 1824)

This is the other character that landed on my backpack while on the mountain slopes in Waterton. The white-spotted sawyer or spruce sawyer is a common beetle but remains impressive when you come across one, especially the males […]

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Meloe niger. Kirby, 1837

Continuing with gallery updates, this time the popular oil (or  ‘blister’) beetle, Meloe niger, which I have written about before at The Black Oil Beetle. The strange appearance and  life cycle of this insect makes it a popular hit […]

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The End is Near

Late summer: shorter days and cooler nights. This week we’ve had frost most nights, and it’s still not the middle of September. Last week, a walk along the damp sand and stone shoreline of the North Saskatchewan River found […]

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How to face a tiger

Deep in the jack pine forests of Alberta, a tiger prowls. Flitting from spot to spot, always wary, almost unseen. Unless you are willing to go to make the effort, you may never truly see them […]

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Late-summer Halfmoon Rambling

I was looking for sand beasts last week. I began in the area around Nestow in the morning. I found little there, so moved on to Halfmoon Lake Natural Area again. By the time I arrived it was […]

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