Saturday, January 4, 2014

Orb Weaver - Araniella proxima

This is my favorite spider of 2013. I photographed it in mid July. A spider with a face on its butt. How cool is that!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Cicada - Okanagana canadensis

This one was singing near Birch lake this summer. Okanagana canadensis is a common northern species which even gets up into the NWT.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Apple Maggot Fly - Rhagoletis pomonella

Back in August I found this cool fruit fly with a spider pattern on its wings. It was on our hops vine.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Bee Fly - Hemipenthes morioides

I've always liked Bee flies. I found this one in the yard in July pollinating flowers.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Picture-winged Fly - Callopistromyia strigula

July was a good month for Picture-winged Flies. I like the way they hold their wings open at times, ready for lift off. This one was in the herb bed around the oregano.

Picture-winged Fly - Ceroxys latiusculus

When we were at the farm this fall I noticed quite a few of these striped flys. They seemed to do more walking than flying and were constantly shuffling their wings.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Larder Beetle - Dermestes lardarius

I found this beetle crawling across the floor in the lunch room at work. That makes sense. They are often found where food is stored.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tissue Moth - Triphosa haesitata

The temperature was about 5°c the other night when this Tissue Moth showed up. I love their colors.  It's always a treat to see one.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Snout Beetle - Glocianus punctiger

At only 3mm B spotted this tiny beetle while we were out in the yard. Their host plant is Dandelions and the larva feed on the seeds in the flower heads.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Dung Beetle - Aphodius fimetarius

For whatever reason I’ve always associated dung beetles with the prairies where I grew up. On the farm, whether in the chicken coop, the pig barn or the cow pasture, there was lots of dung for these beetles to eat. I was pleasantly surprised to find this guy on our walking trail up here in the Boreal forest. This species was introduced from Europe and is about 7mm in size.