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N 62 B 925 C 44 E Aug 7, 2021 F Aug 8, 2021
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I posted the ventral view of this butterfly three days ago. I could not get the dorsal view then. This dorsal view really shows the violet tones.

St. Albert, Alberta.

Tags:   Lycaena helloides Purplish Copper

N 59 B 883 C 48 E Aug 5, 2021 F Aug 9, 2021
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I learned something about these spiders this season.

They all have bold black and white leg markings, but they vary individually in the colour of the abdomen, which ranges from light white, yellow, bright red, or even purple.

They are Orb Weavers, and construct a new web every morning.

They will often hide under nearby foliage with a single web strand attached to the center of their web, and react immediately to the vibrations caused by a trapped insect.

Sturgeon County, Alberta.

Tags:   Araneus trifolium Shamrock Spider

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Unless we get a lot of rain soon, it will be hard to find a place to see shorebirds locally. All of my favorite near places are dry or drying up. I took this shot on August 03. The slough where I found this and other sandpipers has dried up.

I hope the millions of migrating shorebirds that pass through the prairies can find places to forage.

Sturgeon County, Alberta.

Tags:   Calidris minutilla Least Sandpiper

N 49 B 875 C 39 E Aug 12, 2021 F Aug 12, 2021
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A recent emergence provided the opportunity to find pristine examples.

St. Albert, Alberta.

Tags:   Vanessa atalanta Red admiral Vanessa atalanta

N 5 B 68 C 2 E Aug 12, 2021 F Aug 12, 2021
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