Sean McCann

Ancient spiders from an ancient forest

Ancient spiders from an ancient forest

In which several arachnologists and other natural historians visit the Walbran Valley.

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Entomologists wanted! It is time to renew your membership!

Entomologists wanted! It is time to renew your membership!

By Staffan Lindgren @bslindgren Ever since childhood, I have been happiest crawling around turning over rocks, removing bark from stumps and inspecting every potential animal I can see. Early on, I was pretty much on my own, except for encouragement from my parents. At an early age, even before I reached teenage, I started joining […]

Leonard, the insects and me

Leonard, the insects and me

    Last winter, I spent a few months working on insect identifications for the BC Conservation Data Centre, mostly collections of insects made at newly-acquired conservation lands in the Okanagan and Kootenay regions of BC. As I had no laboratory of my own, and no reference collections to work with, I was working out of […]

Appreciating insects and other arthropods: a lifetime of riches

Appreciating insects and other arthropods: a lifetime of riches

  It is about time I got busy and stared blogging again on this site. Since I am out of practice, I will do what I know best: a photo essay about why I love insects and other arthropods, and how studying them has improved my life!    

Dangerous caterpillars

Dangerous caterpillars

The following is a guest post by Emma DesPland Last week the CBC contacted me about an “infestation” of caterpillars near a local sports and community centre, citing parents’ concern that these could be dangerous for their children. I was surprised. The pine (Thaumetopoea pityocampa) and oak (T. processionea) processionary caterpillars do have a genuine […]

The awesomeness of snakeflies

The awesomeness of snakeflies

If you are a fan of Canadian neuropteroids, your bucket list should include a trip out west to see one of our best selling points: the Raphidioptera, or snakeflies. The most common of these are in the genus Agulla, and this morning I found several female Agulla when out for a walk at Mt. Tolmie […]

Are you feeling lucky today? Is it possible to improve your “luck” in academia?

Are you feeling lucky today? Is it possible to improve your “luck” in academia?

  The following is a guest post by Staffan Lindgren When I was about 10 years old I won a competition in a hobby magazine, which landed me a nice race car track. Since then I have not won anything, really. Yet, I consider myself a lucky person, not only because of a great family […]