Tag Archives: place Alberta

Harvestman – Looks Like a Spider, But Isn’t

We always called these daddy longleg spiders, but they aren’t spiders! Arachnids – yes. Spiders – no. I only figured this out today when I did the research for this post. They aren’t even the only critters that are called daddy longlegs – cellar spiders and craneflies are called that too. Bug Bits Name:  Harvestman […]
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Eurasian Collared-Dove

The Feather Files Name:  Eurasian Collared-Dove Species:  Streptopelia decaocto Native to and Migration:  In North America – most of the United States; SW Canada, Mexico; non-migratory. Date Seen:  May 2017; March 2016 Location:  North of Calgary, Alberta; north of Fountain Hills, Arizona Notes:  These birds are now native to Europe and Asia, though they were […]
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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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Lady’s Slipper Orchids – No Match for the Mower

I’ve blogged about the Lady’s Slipper Orchids several times:  Lady’s Slipper Orchid – Surprise in the Ditch and Lady’s Slipper Orchid Mimics the Old Masters. In that post, I mentioned the fate of the orchids when the county mower bears down on them. This year the mower arrived earlier in the season than normal and […]
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Chaos in the Garden

This is one of my flower beds. It has been over 20 years in the making. In that time, a small tree grew – casting more and more deep shade. The plants that liked sun weren’t so happy about this. Some died – I thought. So I planted others, only to have the dead sometimes […]
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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!