We've been 'buttoning up' the yard in preparation for winter. Lawn furniture has been put under cover, equipment cleaned and stored. I've watered in the trees and mulched what is going to get mulched this year. A few bugs are still busy doing fall things too - the most visible are the Bees and the … Continue reading Ladybugs – Counting the Spots
The Flutter Files Name: White Admiral Butterfly or possibly Western White Admiral Species: Limenitis arthemis Native to: Much of Canada, with the Western White Admiral in Alaska and western Canada Date Seen: June 2017 Location: North of Calgary, Alberta, Canada Notes: Black or deep brown body with wide white band.
I normally do not use pesticides at my place. I'm fairly tolerant of anything Mother Nature invites into my back yard. So, in 2011, when some pretty, bright red, unspotted beetles showed up on my lilies, I welcomed them. There was no question that their intent was to eat the lily leaves, but I had … Continue reading Red Lily Beetle Invades Alberta
Bug Bits Common Name: Bald-faced Hornet Scientific Name: Dolichovespula maculata Linnaeus Native to: Throughout North America Date Seen: August 2013 Location: North East of Calgary, Alberta Notes: This is not a true hornet - it is more closely related to yellow jackets. They have striking black and white markings and are a large size. They … Continue reading Bald-faced Hornet
Bug Bits Name: Crane Fly Family: Tipulidae Native to: Crane Flies are found throughout the world, though individual species may have a limited range. Date Seen: July 2016 Location: North of Calgary, Alberta, Canada Notes: A Crane Fly has a pair of membranous wings, large compound eyes, and very long legs. Many types of Crane … Continue reading Crane Fly
Did you know that over 925,000 species of insects have been identified? Entomologists believe this is only 20% of the total number of insect species in the world. While all insects play in important role in the life cycle of something, the most prolific ones seem to be the ones that are simply a pain … Continue reading Bee Fly – a Pollinator and a Predator
We always called these daddy longleg spiders, but they aren't spiders! Arachnids - yes. Spiders - no. I only figured this out today when I did the research for this post. They aren't even the only critters that are called daddy longlegs - cellar spiders and craneflies are called that too. Bug Bits Name: Harvestman … Continue reading Harvestman – Looks Like a Spider, But Isn’t
Bug Bits Name: Anise Swallowtail Butterfly Species: Papilio zelicaon Native to: Western North America Date Seen: May 2012 Location: Southern Alberta Notes: A large butterfly - 52 to 80 mm (2.0 to 3.1 in) similar in color to the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly - except quite different when you look more carefully!
The Flutter Files Name: Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Species: Papilio canadensis Native to: All Canadian Provinces and Northern U.S. States Date Seen: June 2013 Location: Southern Alberta Notes: Large (53mm to 80mm; 2.07in to 3.12in) bright Butterflies with a furry black and yellow body.
Bug Bits Name: Dragonflies and Damselflies Order: Odonata Native to: There are about 50 species of dragonflies and damselflies in Alberta. Date Seen: 2012 to 2016 Location: Alberta Notes: Both are long, narrow insects that are brightly coloured. They have small antennae, large eyes, and six legs located near their head. Two pairs of wings … Continue reading Dragonflies and Damselflies – Sky Hunters (Video)