Tag Archives: mating

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Mating Long-lipped Tiger Beetles

Photographing Long-lipped Tiger Beetles (Cicindela longilabris) at Halfmoon Lake Natural Area is now an annual event. On this occasion, (29 May 2017) the only difference is that I managed to record video of two pairs. The […]

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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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Cellophane Bees

Bees in family Colletidae are called plasterer or polyester bees, and within that group, bees of the genus Colletes are known as ‘cellophane’ bees. They are solitary bees that nest in colonies (aggregations), and they are often […]

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Lovers on the Beach…Cicindela hirticollis – Couple #3

While most photographs of ‘mating’ tiger beetles capture only the post-copulation act of mate guarding, this third pair of C. hirticollis (photographed at the Jasper Lake dunes, Jasper National Park, Alberta. See couples one and two) […]

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Cicindela hirticollis – Couple #2

This was another case of the female saying (excuse the anthropomorphising), “Get off my back!”. Whether this is a response to having a camera lens observing your intimate habits, or if her partner was sub-standard, […]

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Canada Day 2010

Canada Day 2010. While my wife went out to photograph the celebrations (in this case: men in over-inflated balloon pants levitating above the stage…) at the Alberta Legislature building last year. I stayed home for […]

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Cow Path Love

A trip to Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park in May had its share of pleasures and disappointments. One nice surprise for me was coming across this pair of coupled cowpath tiger beetles (Cicindela purpurea). […]

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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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