These photos were taken on Riverside Rd & Boucher’s Quarry Rd. over the last couple of days.
Long Dash Skipper common small, nectaring close to ground usually on vetch. I often see it competing with European Skippers for vetch nectar.
All of the skippers (that I am starting to learn about) are small, flit quickly and nectar for about 20 seconds max. So I have to be quick with the camera to photograph them. A good challenge.
The hoverfly on the Daisy is about to have a visitor.
“I’ll nectar this side. You can have the bottom half, since I am bigger than you.”
Another hoverfly from the poster at the above link. This time on Canada Anemone:
Yet another kind, this time on a Common Yarrow.
A month ago (May 20th) I photographed some blossoms on a scrubby little tree on Boucher’s Quarry Rd. I thought that it was a hawthorn. Wrong. I then corrected and suspected some wild apple. Wrong again. It is now obviously a wild Prunus Prunus spp. of some sort. I hope that I can beat the birdies, bears, and others to taste these when they ripen a bit more. Now about the size of a small prune.
And here is one of my favourite plants, a good insect attractor and later a fruit that makes a great jelly. Just don’t plan in staying in your kitchen after making the jelly. It will stink of rotting hockey socks!!!
Notice the signalling blooms on the perimeter …
And the tri-lobed leaves, very different from another viburnum, the Northern Wild Raisin leaf, eh? Viburnum trilobum.
Finally, another butterfly, this time a migrant. Vanessa virginiensis or American Painted Lady. Those two heavily mascara’d eyes are a dead give away.
I got a bit behind with this blog. I was busy trying to ID various critters. That takes a lot of time when one is very non-expert. Although I remember some of my high school Biology with Mr Marshall, I am very lacking in the systematics. So you might want to scroll down to see if you’ve missed any jewels of photography / prattle below.
Mary Holland sent emails about the Northern Pitcher Plant … probably soon to bloom around here. I remember seeing some about a mile into the bush where I used to live. I’ll have to see if I can find someone to wander there with me.
Tom, another delightful entry, especially the American Painted Lady. Thank you and pls stay “cool and comfortable” – it’s a “warm” one out here!!!
Thanks Krys. Yes that APL is a beauty. Another scorcher tomorrow. Maybe I’ll work on the boat on the water during the heat.