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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 […]

À la chasse au pseudoscorpion béringien dans l’Arctique

À la chasse au pseudoscorpion béringien dans l’Arctique

Notre but initial, pour mon superviseur Dr. Brent Sinclair et moi, était de voyager au Yukon pour collecter des araignées. Nous avions entendu du Dr. Chris Buddle, que nous allions rencontrer là-bas, que les araignées étaient nombreuses. Et il avait bien raison ! Cependant, nous ne pensions pas être charmé par le minuscule (maximum 3mm), […]

Hunting for the great Beringian pseudoscorpion in the Arctic

Hunting for the great Beringian pseudoscorpion in the Arctic

By Susan Anthony, PhD Candidate, University of Western Ontario Our initial aim for me and my supervisor Dr. Brent Sinclair was to travel to the Yukon to collect spiders. We had heard from Dr. Chris Buddle, who would meet us there, that spiders are plentiful. And indeed they were! But what we didn’t expect was […]

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 […]