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    Nepenthes in Canada?

    Does anyone know a source for Nepenthes in Canada? I went to Hawaiian Botanicals yesterday but all they have is alatra, ventricosa and sanguinea. I was hoping to find rafflesiana or bicalcarata. Or...
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    Jumping spider feeding on cricket (pics)

    I found this Phidippus jumping spider wandering around on my living room ceiling. Before releasing it outside I thought I’d take a few photos, and considering that its abdomen looked a little small,...
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    The midge was already dead. These harvestmen...

    The midge was already dead. These harvestmen aren't very aggressive predators for anything this big, although they feed greedily on tiny prey like springtails.

    Cheers,
    EC
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    Video: tropical harvestman eating a midge

    This video shows a tiny juvenile Central American harvestmen (Acromares vittatum) very rapidly devouring a chironomid midge (like a mosquito that doesn’t bite).

    I shot this video last weekend on...
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    Jumping spider with dinner

    Last weekend I was enjoying the beautiful weather by preparing a nice BBQ dinner for the family. We had just sat down at the table (out on the deck) when my youngest son pointed out a “spider...
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    "filth fly" photos

    Photos of a "filth fly", genus Muscina . These flies are found worldwide, commonly hanging around livestock facilities, restrooms, outhouses, cadavers; hence the rather unfortunate common name of...
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    Wow, that is interesting! I certainly wouldn't...

    Wow, that is interesting! I certainly wouldn't try to pick up any of the wasp species where I live. The bumble bees on the other hand are really quite docile.
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    LOL! You know, I've never been stung by a critter...

    LOL! You know, I've never been stung by a critter that I was photographing. I've been stung many times by accidently grabbing a wasp or bee, and I’ve been stung way too many times by getting too...
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    LOL! Yeah, they aren't exactly shy and retiring...

    LOL! Yeah, they aren't exactly shy and retiring are they?

    EC
    www.macrocritters.wordpress.com
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    Thanks! EC www.macrocritters.wordpress.com

    Thanks!
    EC
    www.macrocritters.wordpress.com
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    Bald-faced hornet

    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3676/13648404775_9294b30c9e.jpg

    I haven't posted here for ages! For that matter I haven't done much photography for ages. I didn't lose interest, life just got a bit...
  13. Half-black bumble bees mating (video and pic)

    The other day I discovered a pair of half-black bumble bees (Bombus vagans) busily mating on my back deck. Naturally I took photos. But I also shot a video and uploaded it to YouTube. It’s a bit...
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    A midge massacre! (D. capensis pic)

    Out on the back deck of my house I have two large saucers that hold a number of small pots of carnivorous plants, including a couple of cape sundews (Drosera capensis). Well a couple of weeks ago I...
  15. boreal jumping spider feeding on a western tent caterpillar (pic)

    I took these pictures of a boreal jumping spider (Phidippus borealis) feeding on a western tent caterpillar (Malacosoma californicum) last June. I spotted the spider just after it had caught the...
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    My first thread-legged bug (pic)

    Yesterday I grabbed my sweep net and went out into the garden to mess around and see what I could collect. After a couple of sweeps through some bushy plants I looked in the net and saw what I first...
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    Wasp and pitcher plant (pic)

    A European paper wasp (Polistes dominula) trying to feed on the tiny droplets of nectar secreted on the underside of the operculum of a yellow pitcher plant (Sarracenia flava). As you can see the...
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    the fabulous flesh fly (pic)

    I attracted this gorgeous flesh fly (Sarcophaga sp.) by putting the remains of a sockeye salmon out on my deck (as part of the “Flyday” series on my blog). These flies aren’t too skittish (at least...
  20. Greenbottle fly feeding on salmon carcass (pic)

    Every Friday I post photos of a different species of fly on my blog (I title them “Flydays”; corny, I know). This past week’s post was about Lucilia sericata, the common greenbottle...
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    Funny...people either love or hate the ring flash...

    Funny...people either love or hate the ring flash refelction! Just goes to show you can't please everyone! :)

    EC
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    Thai micro crab (pic)

    I recently bought a couple of Thai micro crabs (Limnopilos naiyanetri) to photograph and add to my aquarium. These critters were really tiny and my aquarium is chock full of wood and plants. I knew...
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    Another jumping spider pic (on white)

    Here is another picture of a zebra jumping spider that was hunting midges on my kitchen screen door. This spider chose to sit on the door’s white plastic frame. I was shooting with a ring flash, so...
  24. Wow! Those are pretty spiders!

    Wow! Those are pretty spiders!
  25. Mea culpa There is a quote circulating on...

    Mea culpa

    There is a quote circulating on Facebook that basically says that you are doing science wrong if you don’t make mistakes; that you are doing science really wrong if you don’t correct...
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