Here are a series of images I shot during the course of a summer day in Vancouver. All are hymenopterans, which, in addition to being tasty, are of course the best insects out there.
A nest I uncovered of Myrmica specioides, a recent introduction on the West Coast.
A big Megachilid.
Myrmica rubra against the sky (bribed with a bit of honey).
I have always wanted to get a shot of one of these chrysidid beauties. I believe it is Pseudomalus auratus.
A gorgeous Philanthus beewolf, showing just how much they really do love flowers.
A queen and workers of Myrmica rubra, the European Fire Ant.
Myrmica rubra tending aphids, a few of which appear to be mummies.
Ammophila wasps at sunset, shot with the 300 mm lens.