BC Day Long Weekend part 1: Camosun Bog

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This weekend was a long weekend here in BC, and I managed to get out of the house quite a bit (I also completed revisions to my thesis as well as 1 paper). I took so many photos I will have to break them up into several posts. This first set comes from Saturday evening, when Catherine and I visited Camosun Bog, a small bog in Pacific Spirit Park.

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A geometrid caterpillar rearing up in response to being disturbed,

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A female Phrurotimpus borealis, a gorgeous corinnid which we saw previously at Mt. Tolmie in Victoria.

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Some eggs under bark in the forest.

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A linyphiid on her web. I find these some of the most challenging spiders to shoot well.

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Evening was coming on, and as the dark approached, the jumping bristletails started appearing.

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Our coolest find of the evening was a bunch of assassin bug nymphs. These are in the subfamily Emesinae, in the genus Empicoris. Look at the awesome hook-like hairs of this nymph, which will hook on to debris to make a Ghillie suit kind of camouflage.

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Emesines are slow-moving ambush predators, and it is not hard to get them to pose.

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Here is one of the adults we found. While not difficult for photography, it eventually got sick of the shooting and flew away.

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This shot shows the raptorial forelegs to good effect.

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