Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 08/31/2014

Photo taken on August 27, 2014

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S of Calgary
Monochamus scutellatus
White-spotted sawyer
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Cerambycidae
Subfamily: Lamiinae
Tribe: Lamiini
Spruce Sawyer
Anne Elliott
Waterton Lakes National Park

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Spruce Sawyer / Monochamus scutellatus

Spruce Sawyer / Monochamus scutellatus
These Spruce Sawyers always fascinate me and I was lucky enough to see several during our three day trip to Waterton Lakes National Park (26-28 August 2014). This one was on an unusual coloured background - lol, it was climbing up the wooden base towards the toilet bowl in one of the outhouses we stopped at!! I had noticed a different one high up on the wall, called my friends to see it, and that was when Cathy spotted this second one. Brought back unpleasant memories for Cathy, as she had been bitten by one in a similar situation, some time ago on a different trip. On the first day in Waterton, I had my car window down and suddenly, something landed with a thud on my jeans. I couldn't see what it was, but I brushed it off immediately! Turned out to be one of these Spruce Sawyers, lol.

I spent 26, 27 and 28 August 2014 on a road trip with friends Cathy and Terry, spending the first two days in Waterton Lakes National Park and the third day driving east of Waterton in search of Burrowing Owls and Yellow-bellied Marmots. During our three days away, we saw so many things, I hardly know where to start. This always happens when I go anywhere with Cathy and Terry - every day is a very long, fun-filled day, full of exciting finds.

Perhaps I will simply mention some of the things and then add more detail to each photo as I add them to my photostream. Of course, we couldn't have had a more beautiful area to explore! Waterton Lakes National Park has amazing scenery and wildlife. The weather forecast that I saw before we left Calgary said that we were in for three beautiful days of sunshine - too often, it can be rainy weather. So, luck was on our side, giving us warm, sunny days - until the BIG STORM hit, lol! I posted a photo the other day of the storm that was approaching very fast, around 5:00 p.m. just before we started our return trip to Calgary. It was like nothing I had ever seen before - a menacing shelf (?) cloud that was travelling fast and furious. Despite trying our best to get away from it, it eventually engulfed our car, surrounding us with more or less zero visibility, pounding hail, thunder and lightning, and very strong winds. There was nothing to do but stop the car and sit tight, hoping that the hail would not break the car windows and that this severe thunderstorm would not develop into a tornado! This storm was very scary, but at the same time, exciting (only because all turned out OK in the end!). Our road trip sure went out with a bang!

A few of the things we saw - fantastic scenery, 4 Black Bears (including one that was swimming in the lake), Bison, Deer, Golden-mantled Ground Squirrels, Chipmunks, various bird species including the Burrowing Owls, a few wildflowers, several Yellow-bellied Marmots (a first for me!), a few different insect species, and a family of some species of Grouse (haven't looked for the ID yet). I even got the chance to see three or four new-to-me old, wooden grain elevators.

Cathy and Terry, thanks so much for yet another wonderful trip with you! Can't thank you enough for inviting me along. You always do such a great job of finding so many interesting things for us to see and enjoy. Lots of fun!