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Thomas Barbin  🕷Spiders may be posted at any time.🕷 Photos free for education or scientific use (with permission). Naturalist, I guess?

A Two-spotted Plant Bug feeding on a grass inflorescence.
The Two-spotted Plant Bug is originally from Europe, but can now be found across North America and New Zealand. They use their piercing mouthparts to feed on grass inflorescences. When feeding they secrete an enzyme that degrades gluten, which can cause crop damage.

#Stenotusbinotatus #TwospottedPlantBug #Goldstream #BCParks

A Stink bug resting on the seed head of some grass. These bugs use their piercing mouthparts to feed on the juices from the grass.

#StinkBug #pentatomoidea #Pentatomidae #Goldstream #BCParks

Heerman's Gull at Clover Point.

#Larusheermanni #HeermansGull #CloverPoint

A Flower longhorn beetle resting on a piece of driftwood. They are referred to as longhorn beetles because of their long antennae.

#Cerambycidae #FlowerLonghornBeetle #lepturinae #IslandViewBeach

A Sand wasp emerging from its burrow in the sand for the day.
These wasps make their nests in the sand. They provision their young with food such as flies. Sand wasps progressively provision their young so as they grow they will be brought more food.

#Bembix #SandWasp #IslandViewBeach

A Crabronid wasp.

The family Crabronidae is very large and paraphyletic. This means that other groups of wasps that share a common ancestor are incorrectly excluded from the family.

#Crabronidae #Hymenoptera #IslandViewBeach

A Cuckoo wasp looking for the nest burrow of another wasp or bee. Cuckoo wasps lay their eggs in the nests of other wasps or bees. When their eggs hatch they feed on the host eggs/larvae, then feed on the food that the host had provisioned for its young.

This Cuckoo wasp has been identified to the genus Chrysis
#Chrysis #Chrysididae #CuckooWasp #IslandViewBeach

A cool looking female Wolf spider that I think is in the genus Pardosa. Females lay eggs and wrap them up in silk to create an egg sac. She carries around this egg sac everywhere she goes until her young hatch. Once they have hatched her young crawl onto her abdomen where she carries them around with her everywhere she goes until they're ready to venture off on their own! What a nice mom.

I've posted another angle of this spider on my story along with some other photos from the other morning out at island view beach that I do not plan to post. Check them out!

#Lycosidae #WolfSpider #Pardosa #IslandViewBeach

A sleeping Coelioxys bee at dawn. I've been taking lots of photos lately but haven't really found any time to edit the photos. Hopefully soon! I've been lucky to photograph lots of interesting arthropods recently.

#Coelioxys #IslandViewBeach

Yesterday I got to photograph probably the fanciest spider in BC. This is a male Habronattus americanus. Can you believe the colour on this guy?! I had no idea these spiders could be found on Vancouver Island, but apparently they are somewhat common at Island View Beach.
This guy was one of the more active jumping spiders I've ever tried to shoot so I never managed any photos that I'm really happy with. I guess that means I'll have to back and find more!

I was lucky to have @smccann27 help me locate and photograph this spider. Check his page out, he takes some really cool macro photos!

#Habronattusamericanus #Salticidae #IslandViewBeach

Prionyx parkeri sleeping on a dead gumweed stalk. It's thought that wasps choose to sleep on dead stalks that are isolated from living stalks to avoid nocturnal herbivores and their predators from disturbing them.

#Prionyxparkeri #Prionyx #islandviewbeach

A Common Yellowthroat singing in the early morning.

#Geothlypistrichas #CommonYellowthroat

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