20150701 Mallard family, more bugs and Cow Parsnip

The Canada Geese and Mallard Duck families are maturing rapidly.   Here is a proud Mallard mom:

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… with her ducklings:

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I was asked if I’d ever seen more than one Clearwing at a time.  Rarely, as they tend to be territorial, like Ruby Throated hummingbirds.  Here are a couple of rare shots:

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Very delicate, unknown moth:

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Detail of one floret:

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Mourning Cloak Butterfly:

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Several folks have asked about the presence of the very dangerous Giant Hogweeds in the neighbourhood.  These are benign Cow Parsnips.

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When in doubt avoid these large plants!

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