Category Archives: Insects

Bee Fly

Bug Bits Name:  Bee Fly Family:  Bombyliidae Native to:  The Bombyliidae Family of insects are found throughout much of the world. Little is known about them due to lack of research. They are flower pollinators. Date Seen:  June 2019 Location:  North of Calgary, Alberta Notes:  Bee Flies have two membrane-like wings, often with interesting patterns […]
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Anise Swallowtail Butterfly

Bug Bits Name: Anise Swallowtail Butterfly Species: Papilio zelicaon Native to: Western North America Date Seen: May 2012 Location: Southern Alberta Notes: A large butterfly – 52 to 80 mm (2.0 to 3.1 in) similar in color to the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly – except quite different when you look more carefully!

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Bug Bits Name: Canadian Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Species: Papilio canadensis Native to: All Canadian Provinces and Northern U.S. States Date Seen: June 2013 Location: Southern Alberta Notes: Large (53mm to 80mm; 2.07in to 3.12in) bright Butterflies with a furry black and yellow body.

Crane Fly

Bug Bits Name: Crane Fly Family: Tipulidae Native to: Crane Flies are found throughout the world, though individual species may have a limited range. Date Seen: July 2016 Location: North of Calgary, Alberta, Canada Notes: A Crane Fly has a pair of membranous wings, large compound eyes, and very long legs. Many types of Crane […]
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Dragonflies and Damselflies

Bug Bits Name: Dragonflies and Damselflies Order: Odonata Native to: There are about 50 species of dragonflies and damselflies in Alberta. Date Seen: 2012 to 2016 Location: Alberta Notes: Both are long, narrow insects that are brightly coloured. They have small antennae, large eyes, and six legs located near their head. Two pairs of wings […]
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White Admiral Butterfly

Bug Bits Name: White Admiral Butterfly or possibly Western White Admiral Species: Limenitis arthemis Native to: Much of Canada, with the Western White Admiral in Alaska and western Canada Date Seen: June 2017 Location: North of Calgary, Alberta, Canada Notes: Black or deep brown body with wide white band.