Weekend expedition 46: A few shots from Vancouver

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Catherine and I have been in Vancouver for a few days, catching up on some school-related business at SFU, and saying hello to our friends. We made a special trip on Sunday to say hello to Stanley Park with our friend Samantha Vibert, and here is what we saw!

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Samantha with a juvenile Araneus diadematus. Shortly after this shot was taken, the spider ballooned right off her finger!

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A Golden-crowned Sparrow.

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A bright eyed and eager-looking Towhee!

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This long-jawed orbweaver was tricky to capture with a non-black background, as I had forgotten to charge my second speedlight’s batteries.

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A red velvet mite looking red and velvety, which they like to do.

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Ensatina! ensatina! (That is how you spell it right?)

 

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This brown Green Lacewing (Nothochrysa californica) was freshly emerged, and looking rather wonderful. Thanks to v belov for the ID!

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A mystery egg sac. Any ideas what it could be?

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Amaurobiids are extremely abundant in the old firs and cedars of Stanley Park (and everywhere on the coast).

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This one has a cool-looking carapace.

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Catherine doing some knitting on a gorgeous spring day.

 

2 thoughts on “Weekend expedition 46: A few shots from Vancouver

  1. Nice find with the Ensatina. Where in the park was it? I’ve looked for them during an amphibian survey before but with no success.

    • This was in Stanley Park. They can be found many places with a reasonably intact forest, and under logs is probably the best place to look. I often find them at SFU on Burnaby Mountain as well.

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