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Ento. 101: Wing Structure and Venation

The saga continues: Entomology 101: Wing Structure and Wing Venation. In the last section I introduced insect wings and will now move on to look at wing structure and venation. This post will confine itself […]

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You’re Not

Why not? (Photographed on a sign at a in-situ dinosaur fossil display, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta.)

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Conopid Capture Capture

  Deep in the foliage at the back of the garden border I glimpsed a distorted pattern on one of the leaves. Looking closer I saw that it was a Conopid fly (probably Physocephala furcillata) […]

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A few things have changed on the  blog since its inception, mostly in the pages (see tabs above): The About page has been updated I have added a Books page for publications that I have […]

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Rock Flipping at Rampart Creek

While camping in the Rampart Creek campground on the Icefields Parkway, I did a bit of rock-flipping. There was sparse pickin’s, but I found these two under one rock. Not disturbed by the sudden inversion […]

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Studio Volunteer

I have just returned from a 5 day trip to the Banff section of the Icefields Parkway. I based myself at the Rampart Creek campground, and the most visible and prolific late season insect there […]

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A Thick-headed Fly (but no dolt…)

(Extracted and adapted from a previous post at Voyages Around My Camera) While it is a flower feeder, this thick-headed fly (likely Physocephala furcillata of the Family Conopidae)  is a parasite of solitary bees and […]

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Fly Mounting

(First published at Voyages Around My Camera) It is often difficult to get close enough to certain insects, however catching them in flagrante delicto often makes things a bit easier. As a method of protecting […]

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