Tag Archive | Burnaby

Laphria are back!


I came up to SFU today to give a practice run-through of my PhD defense seminar (it is next week!). The talk went OK, given that I had not practiced it, but afterward, at lunch, I went out to see what I could see in the forest behind the lab. What I saw was this beautiful bee-like robber fly (Laphria spp.) munching down on a bumblebee! I hope you enjoy the pictures!


This fly was being very uncooperative, facing away from the camera on a high bush.


Laphria are likely Batesian mimics of bumblebees, and you can see the resemblance here.


Here is the last shot I got of the pair, as the robber takes off to find a paparazzi-free perch to enjoy its meal.


Weekend Expedition 16: A Grab Bag

Probably the coolest find of teh weekend, this Rough-skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa) was the first I have seen on the Mainland.

Probably the coolest find of the weekend, this Rough-skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa) at Maplewood Park was the first I have seen on the Mainland.

This Weekend Expedition is actually another composite of three trips:

1) to Burnaby Lake with Mike, Catherine, Viorel and Tavi, stalking the elusive goslings

2) back to Hastings Park in the morning for some early insect shots

3) finally making it out to Maplewood Park in North Vancouver, accompanied by Adam Blake.

It was an exhausting weekend, with fine weather and good company, so I think I will let the images do most of the talking here!

Gallery 1: Burnaby Lake

Gallery 2: Hastings Park

Gallery 3: Maplewood Park

Weekend Expedition 9: Deer Lake Park

This weekend, I went to Deer Lake Park  in Burnaby with Mike. It is not terribly far from Burnaby Lake Park, and in many respects has some quite similar habitat types.  Because it was sunny, we were hoping to find a lot of early insects out basking, but it remained cold and windy most of the day and the insects remained elusive. Some of the photographic highlights of the trip are to be found in the gallery below. For colours I seem to have shot lots of blues and pinks today, with some yellows thrown in for good measure.

Update: the putative amaurobiid is in fact a Hahniid, Cryphoeca exlineae.