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Sixth Annual Photocontest - Winning Photos
The following photos were chosen for the covers of 2011 issues of
The Canadian Entomologist and the Bulletin
Photo by Alicia Leroux

Mating soldier beetles, Rhagonycha fulva (Scopoli) (Coleoptera: Cantharidae), in a meadow near Delémont, Switzerland. This predatory European beetle was recently introduced to North America where it is now widespread.

Photo by Alicia Leroux

A meadow grasshopper nymph, probably a species of Chorthippus Fieber (Orthoptera: Acrididae), in a mountain pasture near Soyhières, Switzerland.



Photo by Alicia Leroux

Lars Andreassen preparing lures in Zurich Switzerland for pitfall trapping of Aleochara bipustulata (L.) (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae), a rove beetle of potential use as a biological control agent for cabbage maggot, Delia radicum (L.) (Diptera: Anthomyiidae).


Photo by Alicia Leroux

Many species of blue butterflies, Plebejus Kluk and its close relatives (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae), occur in Europe. This one, photographed near Jerisberghof, Switzerland, is very similar to the Melissa blue, Plebejus melissa (Edwards), a Nearctic species which includes P. m. samuelis (Nabokov), the Karner blue, a subspecies believed to be extirpated in Canada.


Photo by Bernie Roitberg

An assassin bug nymph (Heteroptera: Reduviidae), photographed in western Massachusetts.



Photo by Ward Strong

A robber fly, Stenopogon inquinatus Loew (Diptera: Asilidae), photographed in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. One of the largest Canadian asilids, it ranges over much of western North America where it is common in dry forests and grasslands.


Photo by Ward Strong

A platygastroid wasp, Gryon pennsylvanicum (Ashmead) (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae), ovipositing in eggs of western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis Heidemann (Hemiptera: Coreidae) in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.

Photo by Ward Strong

Eggs of western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis Heidemann (Hemiptera: Coreidae) on conifer needles near Vernon, British Columbia. This Nearctic species causes significant losses to North American conifer seed crops, especially in the west. Now established in Europe, it is causing problems for edible pine nut, Pinus pinea L. (Pinaceae), production.

A slide show of submitted photos is posted here.

Thanks to all photographers and to Ward Strong, Felix Sperling and Rick West for their evaluations. 

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