20150606 Highway 522 and environs

We took the truck for a short drive this morning and noticed that the warm weather had significantly advanced blossoms and bugs.  Some examples:

This looks like either Wild Sarsaparilla or Bristly Sarsaparilla.  I can’t see a  bristly stem so I think it is the former. An interesting member of the Ginseng family.

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“Footsteps of Our Lord”:

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Trail behind Camp Dore.  Trilliums, Blue Cohosh, Jack in the pulpit have given way to Ostrich Fern on this unused Snowmobile trail.

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Here is the pond near Grundy Lake PP again.  One beaver seen.  No Bitterns.

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Yet to be Identified moth/butterfly:

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The Red Osier Dogwoods are starting to bloom.  They are great insect attractors.

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Some sort of Hymenoptera or Diptera is pollinating.   That really IS its shadow below it.   Interesting reflection!

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Fresh Nectar!

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Another Skipper?

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Tamarack cones are forming quickly

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They are worth another view, eh?

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Fleur-de-lis a member of the Iris Order, not Lillium.

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The Swallowtail on the right is coming for a landing to join the couple on the ground.

Ménage à trois?   I have a lot of pix of these folks and will report my findings later.

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You  can never tell where to find Clearwing Hummingbirds, eh?

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Yes, this is the pretty, much maligned, Orange Hawkweed along the shoulder of Hwy 522.

Lots of stuff to see out there!

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