Saturday, November 20, 2010

Broad-nosed Weevil - Sitona lineellus

One morning in late June I went out to pick some oregano and found what looked like a mini-hippopotamus. He looked like he was on a mission so I just took a couple of pics and let him carry on.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Montana Six-plume Moth - Alucita montana

At only about 10mm in size, this little moth flutters about quite gracefully. It's only when I photographed it that I saw its real beauty and understand how it got the last part of its name.
I found this one when we were down visiting southern Saskatchewan in September.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Cream-spotted Lady Beetle - Calvia quatuordecimguttata -

This lady beetle is often called the Polkadot Lady Beetle and I can see why. I found this one last week in our yard resting on the trunk of a maple. At only 5mm it's pretty tiny but sure stands out.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Golden Dung Fly - Scathophaga stercoraria

On Saturday, between rains, I was working outside in the yard. I noticed lots of these guys flying around the shed, some in the compost area and others just sitting on the wall. One thing they all had in mind was making more little flies.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Six-spotted Fishing Spider - Dolomedes triton

A couple weeks of warm weather in early March isn't enough to bring these beautiful spiders out as the bogs are still frozen and covered with snow, but I can hardly wait as this is one of my favorite spiders. Stopping at our favorite spots down the West Arm Road usually yields quite a few. They move across the top of the water with ease and when they feel threatened they simply flip under the leaf or log or floating weeds that they're on and remain submerged till the danger is gone, then they just pop back up on top again.