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Photos from gravel-pit 32km north of Thompson on 2004-Jul21:
-- we visited that gravel-pit after hearing reports of Showy ladyslippers being found there, well north of their "known" range - but we found them not.
Photos from across the road from that gravel-pit on 2004-Jul21:
-- that sandpiper-like bird seemed very upset by my presence; my Peterson's shows no bird which, in breeding-season, looks like that, and which nests in this region.
Photos from north of Gypsumville on 2004-Jul22:
-- D Ames thought that green fly or wasp on Yarrow and Death-camas was possibly a Tiphiidae wasp;
- Bob Lamb and Pat MacKay have identified it as a syrphid-fly (hover-fly or flower-fly), possibly genus Microdon. This group has larvae that live in ant colonies, and the adults feed on pollen and nectar. (If a wasp, it may be thinking of predating aphids; if one of the hoverflies whose larvae feed on aphids it may be thinking of laying an egg in the aphid colony; the presence of pollen on its body suggests it is feeding on pollen and nectar.)
- Lamb and MacKay also say the aphids may be a species in the genus Uroleucon, although these usually feed on composites. [personal communication 05April]