Wednesday, 30 July 2014
Go Ahead...Make My Day! (redux)
I don't know what it is about Salticids (jumping spiders) that makes them so pugnacious...but they just are! If you've seen my previous photo (see Go Ahead...Make My Day!) then you'll know that this is a different species of Phidippus (this one is Phidippus whitmani on a milkweed leaf rather than a rock) and that she's ready to stand her ground against a camera (and a photographer!) that make the proverbial David & Goliath look like a head-to-head WWF match. She seems to be saying, "How lucky do you feel?" Well, I felt lucky enough to get this shot (July 26, Kentville).
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
The A to Z of the Bird Alphabet...
This bird, Zonotrichia albicollis (or the white-throated sparrow), represents the end of the bird alphabet. It posed for me in amongst the needles of a White Pine at Roaches Pond in Spryfield on July 25th. For some truly spectacular bird photos, visit Russel Crosby's South Shore Birder...you won't be disappointed!
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Big Beetle Badness...
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Nova Scotia Coppers...Part 1
The day I found the Acadian Hairstreaks (see Another Rare Nova Scotia Butterfly) I was actually looking to photograph this butterfly, the Bronze Copper, Lycaena hyllus. I knew that they could be found at the Wallace Bay NWA but hadn't had a chance to photograph them on previous visits. I'm happy to say that this time I was successful. This is a male photographed July 20.
This is the dorsal or upperside of the male Salt Marsh Copper, Lycaena dospassosi, photographed at Wallace Bay NWA on July 20.
This is the ventral or underside of a female Salt Marsh Copper, Lycaena dospassosi, photographed at Wallace Bay NWA, July 20.
This is the dorsal or upperside of a female Salt Marsh Copper, Lycaena dospassosi, photographed at Wallace Bay NWA, July 20.
In Part 2, I'll illustrate two of the other three species of Copper that can be found in Nova Scotia
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Amazingly Beautiful River Jewelwings...
This is the female River Jewelwing, Calopteryx aequabilis. Photographed along the Wallace River on July 20th.
And this was the point of the male perching over the water: a mating pair of River Jewelwings, Calopteryx aequabilis. Also photographed July 20th along the banks of the Wallace River.
Monday, 21 July 2014
Another (!) Rare Nova Scotia Butterfly...
One of the Acadian hairstreaks, Satyrium acadica, found near the Wallace Bay NWA. This is one of 5 individuals found in the same patch of thistles (although this one is nectaring on white sweet clover).
This Acadian hairstreak, Satyrium acadica, has sustained some hindwing damage so the bright orange spots on the upperside of the hindwings is visible. Most hairstreaks never bask with their wings open.
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
A Rare Nova Scotia Butterfly...
When is a Firefly not a Firefly?
A mating pair of Ellychnia corrusca, a diurnal firefly, reveal that both sexes appear identical, that is, there is no obvious sexual dimorphism. Photographed July 11th at Roaches Pond in Spryfield.
A Face on a Face...
Monday, 7 July 2014
After taking the first few photos, our visitor knew I was there and watched me for more than 15 minutes before tentatively emerging from the edge of the woods.
He finally got up the courage to venture into the yard. I had to draw the line when he decided it would be fun to explore our garbage and organics bins—he tried three times before finally getting the message. Persistent little rascal...
More Flower (or Hover) Flies...
On June 27th I posted about encountering and photographing a female Sphaerophoria contigua on June 12th (see Flower (or Hover) Flies Fill the Gap...). Just a few weeks later, on July 4th, I had the chance to photograph the male of this same species and here he is. Note that the compound eyes meet at the top of the head and compare to the eyes of the female. There's also sexual dimorphism in the colour and pattern of the end of the abdomen.