This weekend was a long weekend here in BC, and I managed to get out of the house quite a bit (I also completed revisions to my thesis as well as 1 paper). I took so many photos I will have to break them up into several posts. This first set comes from Saturday evening, when Catherine and I visited Camosun Bog, a small bog in Pacific Spirit Park.
A geometrid caterpillar rearing up in response to being disturbed,
A female Phrurotimpus borealis, a gorgeous corinnid which we saw previously at Mt. Tolmie in Victoria.
Some eggs under bark in the forest.
A linyphiid on her web. I find these some of the most challenging spiders to shoot well.
Evening was coming on, and as the dark approached, the jumping bristletails started appearing.
Our coolest find of the evening was a bunch of assassin bug nymphs. These are in the subfamily Emesinae, in the genus Empicoris. Look at the awesome hook-like hairs of this nymph, which will hook on to debris to make a Ghillie suit kind of camouflage.
Emesines are slow-moving ambush predators, and it is not hard to get them to pose.
Here is one of the adults we found. While not difficult for photography, it eventually got sick of the shooting and flew away.
This shot shows the raptorial forelegs to good effect.