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Eleventh Annual Photocontest - Winning Photos
(slide show of submitted photos)

Photos chosen for the covers of 2016 issues of The Canadian Entomologist and the Bulletin.
(click thumbnails below to view full-size photos)

Grand Prize: Ward Strong

Calliphoridae (Diptera), Oyama, BC. Sitting on a bright chrysanthemum, this blow fly seems to be making up in aesthetics what it lacks in personal hygiene.

2nd Place: Tim Haye

Predator versus parasitoid: Rhinocoris annulatus feeding on an ichneumonid (Delémont, Switzerland).


3rd Place: Andrea Brauner

Hyalophora:Cecropia moth, Hyalophora cecropia, just after molting to third instar. This lab-reared caterpillar is from the F2 generation of a gravid female collected in 2014 from Black Donald Lake near Calabogie, ON.


Honourable Mention:Staffan Lindgren

Megachile Latreille, 1802 (Megachilidae) leafcutter bees are important pollinators widely used in alfalfa growing areas. Their reproductive biology is quite interesting. This specimen was excavating its nest in an old wood retaining wall in our garden. Prince George, BC.


Honourable Mention:Véronique Martel

A Spruce Budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana) pupa on a balsam fir branch. The Spruce Budworm is a major native defoliator in Eastern Canada. Near Baie-Comeau, Québec.


Honourable Mention: Justin Gaudon

Female Atanycolus sp., a North American parasitoid of emerald ash borer, tethered to a flight mill in a laboratory at the Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre (Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) to study factors affecting flight.


Honourable Mention: Colin MacKay

The longhorned beetle Bellamira scalaris preparing for takeoff in Denver, NS.

Winning "Entomologist in Action" Entry: Ward Strong

Vernon, BC. Graduate students collect at a light trap late at night. The bright lights are powered by the car’s battery.


A slide show of submitted photos is posted here.
Thanks to all the photographers and to Bob Lalonde, Kevin Floate, and Tom Lowery for their evaluations. Thanks also go to Dicky Yu for setting up the website. Photos were chosen primarily for their composition and quality, but we followed rules to have no more than one winning photo per photographer (with the exception of the Entomologists in Action category), and no two winning entries of the same or similar species. Finally photos had to be taken by ESC members in order to be included among the entries.Photos that are not displayed were either not taken by an ESC member or felt to be of substandard quality in terms of focus, lighting, composition, or clarity.

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