Myrmica rubra tending aphids, Annacis Island.
I am working again with ants this summer, and have been getting out a bit for work and on the weekends for special outings. I have been accumulating a number of excess photos over the past few weeks that don’t really fit in with the special topics (Guyana, Expeditions, Okanagan) so I have put them together here. I hope you enjoy them!
Myrmica specioides ascends a blade of grass.
Carabus nemoralis in the hand…Worth two in the bush!
Formica oreas workers cutting some grass for their roof. These are “thatching ants” and the top of their nest is insulated with cut grass. Annacis Island
I see you, sac spider! South Burnaby.
A tetragnathid on a flower. Iona Beach, Richmond.
Myrmica incompleta, moving larvae to safety. Iona Beach, Richmond.
A damselfly, still sleepy in the early morning. Iona Beach.
Trying for a bit more detail with the Raynox DCR 250.
Phidippus johnsoni. Iona Beach.
A wolf spider with a great egg sac. Iona Beach.
A gorgeous Sialis alderfly, Chilliwack.
The Ammophila are out again! McDonald Beach, Richmond BC.
And speaking of sleeping Hymenoptera, here is my first Coelioxys of the year! Iona Beach, Richmond.
With fingertip for scale.
A gorgeous sawfly from Maplewood Flats, North Vancouver.
You can get some really diffuse, wrappy light with just a handheld reflector!
A big, likely gravid Dysdera. Iona Beach.
Speaking of Dysdera, Catherine and I had some dysderalings! (Well, one of our captive females did).
Local badass cat! Super friendly though! Vancouver.
Here is an amazing mite, probably an undescribed species of Lasioerythaeus! McDonald Beach, Richmond BC.