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Fireflies

My first attempt to film the fireflies in my garden. The mosquitoes loved it….. I not so much. They had a feast on me. The video illustrates why fireflies are also called lightning bugs. It is fun to watch the short flashing signals all around you on a warm summer evening. I will certainly try […]

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Emerald Ash Borer

Although I knew the area I live in (1000 Islands region in Ontario, Canada) was infested with this destructive beetle a couple of years ago, and I could see the damage they are doing to the ash trees, I was not yet able to find a living adult specimen. Recently I took a closer look […]

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Mud-puddling

Four Giant Swallowtails (Papilio cresphontes) during a puddling party. During these sessions, the butterflies suck up fluids and take in extra nutritions such as salts and minerals. Don’t worry, even if the one on the left looks expired, all butterflies all were ok. They were just struggling with a strong breeze at the moment I took this […]

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Luna Moth

Happy Canada Day! This day started well as I found this beautiful Luna Moth (Actias luna) on the garage door this morning. I noticed he could hardly move as he got some old cobweb stuck on his legs. I gently removed the sticky stuff and after a few minutes he took off and landed in […]

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First Insects

As Winter is leaving, the first insects start to appear. Again it is very predictable which will be the first insects to be captured by my camera: flies and lady beetles. However this year, another insect landed on my deck before any others did: A beautiful Four Humped Stinkbug (Brochymena quadripustulata). It stayed there for […]

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Winter is Leaving

It was a relatively mild winter with only a couple of days of extreme cold in February. Still parts of the St. Lawrence River were frozen. In Brockville you could see the flow of the river pushing the ice towards the east. This looked beautiful and I could not resist to take some pictures of this […]

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Another Asparagus Beetle & Tortoise Beetles

A new portfolio item has been added; The Common Asparagus Beetle. I was very pleased to find these as I had been looking for them in Europe without success. Gardeners do not like to see them as they can damage the asparagus crop, but still I think they are beautiful shiny creatures…. Take a closer […]

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New Portfolio Items

I added two insects to this website I discovered in my new home Canada last year; The Locust Borer and the Spotted Asparagus Beetle. Images of these beautiful insects can be found here and here. In the meantime macro season is in full bloom and I already photographed some interesting insects such as the Bald-faced hornet […]

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Hello Again!

2014 has been a very busy year. I moved from The Netherlands to Canada after waiting four years for my visa to arrive. It was worth the wait! Although there was a lot of work involved, everything went relatively smoothly and I really enjoy living in Canada. I find the Canadian people very friendly and helpful […]

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Anthropomorphism

During my search for springtails I see a lot happening. I see them eating, mating, trying to hide for the camera and unfortunately I sometimes see one dying. Because springtails are such cute and therefore likable creatures I can not help but to anthropomorphize. I know I should not…. But looking at this couple, I […]

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