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

Photos chosen for the covers of 2012 issues of The Canadian Entomologist and the Bulletin
(click thumbnails below to view full-size photos)

1st Place: Steve Marshall

A rarely observed robber fly, Ommatius bromleyi Pritchard (Diptera: Asilidae); Guadaloupe Canyon, Arizona.

2nd Place: Ward Strong

Larva of a human botfly, Dermatobia hominis (Linnaeus, Jr.) (Diptera: Oestridae), excised from under the skin of a host. Costa Rica.

3rd Place: Heather Proctor

A soldier fly, Odontomyia cincta Olivier (Diptera: Stratiomyidae). From an acreage near Elk Island National Park, Alberta, 13 June 2007.  Some adult soldier flies appear to mimic wasps, but being green is not likely to do the trick for this species.


4th Place: Steve Marshall

Courting/mating long-legged flies, Dolichopus Latreille (Diptera: Dolichopodidae); Copetown Bog, Wentworth Co., Ontario.


5th Place: Ward Strong

Head of a Narcissus bulb fly, Merodon equestris (F.) (Diptera: Syrphidae),
a species introduced to North America from Europe. Vernon, British Columbia.



6th Place: Steve Marshall

A soldier fly, Caloparyphus decemmaculatus (Osten Sacken) (Diptera: Stratiomyidae); New Mexico.


7th Place: Ward Strong

A bee fly, Bombylius aurifer Osten Sacken (Diptera:Bombyliidae), wing-fanning on a leaf. Vernon, British Columbia.

People: [photographer unknown]

The Manual of Nearctic Diptera coordinators with German dipterist Willi Hennig, during his visit to the Diptera Unit of the Canadian National Collection of Insects (Ottawa) in the fall of 1967. Back, left to right: Frank McAlpine, Herb Teskey, Guy Shewell; front, left to right: Monty Wood, Dick Vockeroth, Bobbie Peterson, Willi Hennig.


Winning Photos (non-dipteran category)

1st Place: John McLean

Three ladies dining at Cafe Feed-Bee in a bee hive feeder at Pouawa on the east coast of New Zealand just north of Gisborne. This study is continuing to find the best way to provide honey bees with protein supplementation during periods of pollen dearth in the autumn (fall) and in so doing hoping they will survive winter and be vigorous in the spring.
Honourable Mention: Lisa Neame

Agapostemon texana collecting pollen from a mariposa lily (Calochortus macrocarpus) in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.

Honourable Mention: Malcolm Furniss

A northern tent caterpillar (Livrée du nord), Malacosoma californicum pluviale (Dyar), killed by a native nuclear polyhedrosis virus.  As exemplified here, the condition is commonly known as “hang-down disease”. Soon, the exoskeleton will burst, releasing the virus to be ingested by other larvae and contributing to the characteristic dramatic collapse of outbreak populations.  Idaho.

Honourable Mention: Colin MacKay

Dragonfly mid-emergence on a lake shore in Denver, N.S.

Winning Photo (Canadian Entomologists in Action)

1st Place: Angela Skevington

Jeff and Alexander Skevington field pinning in Arizona 2007.

A slide show of submitted photos is posted here.
Thanks to all photographers and to Ward Strong, Felix Sperling, Jason Dombroskie and Rick West for their evaluations.

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