Things are really winding down here in Vancouver, with colder nights, falling leaves, abundant spiders, and a distinct lack of bees, wasps and plant-feeding insects. This is one of the more melancholy seasons for an insect lover, but there are still some treasures to be found.
In the mornings, the dew sparkles on the webs of numerous orb weavers, such at this tetragnathid at Iona Beach.
There are even some syrphids still about, although the floral resources are dwindling rapidly.
Some spiders are still guarding egg sacs, keeping a lonely vigil despite their deteriorating condition. This Castianeira longipalpa looks a bit shrivelled.
Odd to see a male of these Myrmica incompleta still in the nest!
Some really odd, but abundant spiders…Could they be Dictynids? Check out the palps on this guy!
these have a great pattern!
A gorgeous chrysomelid on tansy.
Soon I will have no more of these lovely sphecids to shoot!
As the sun goes down on Iona Beach, this grasshopper contemplates leaner days and its inevitable demise.