Photo: Distant storm scene, seen from Burwash
We made a brief trip to Burwash as it looked like a storm was brewing up there, half way to Sudbury. No storm but we found some other scenes in our short trip …
Some cumulonimbus clouds up to the northeast, probably dropping some showers east of Sudbury….
Moth that I can’t find in the authoritative Selected Moths from Ontario Canada.
Upside down Monarch larva chomping on a leaf in the rain …
Bee-mimic Flower Beetle gathering nectar and pollen from an OED.
European Skipper with visitor …
European Skippers also like Birdsfoot Trefoil nectar.
I think that this might be a skipper of some sort but cannot find a good ID — yet.
This small skipper looks like a Tawny Edged Skipper…
The long antennae indicate a katydid, bush cricket or long horned grasshopper. It looks like the photo in the wikipedia article about Tettigoniidae. Further investigation showed similar looking Grey Bush Crickets but they are all in the south shores of the UK.
Nice stormy clouds…
Three buddies enjoying the afternoon sun after the rain showers.
The best butterfly book I have is the ROM Field Guide to Butterflies of Ontario.
I use it when I cannot ID a critter on-line using Rick Cavasin’s Butterflies of Ontario or the City of Toronto’s downloadable gem: Butterflies of Toronto.
And, if you’d enjoy a bit of entertaining writing try this: From Foxtrot to Technobot.
More beautiful pictures to entertain me this morning. And thanks for the shout out on my blog Tom.
You’re welcome, Pat!
I enjoy reading your blog. Lotsa talent in your family tree! I am looking forward to again seeing C and J at a “summit meeting” in Britt this summer. We normally meet at The Porch at the local beanery. This old guy who is always amazed what those two youthful cousins do. Maybe their mothers/aunts will join us one of these summers!
Once more, thank you for these amazing views .. your close-ups are amazing and loved the 3 buddies. xoxox
Those crows live on the local Old Still River Road and are often perched on that statuesque tree. They usually fly off when I approach, but not this time, when, fortunately, the lighting was very good. So now their images are spread around the world!
Delighted to find pics of European skippers here. Aren’t they just so neat. And the birdsfoot trefoil — saw my first flowers this summer. Then, of course, I saw them everywhere after that. (It’s not like they haven’t been here awhile. I just never took the time for a closer look. Duh.)
I love those Skippers also. Gradually learning to ID them. I use http://www.ontariobutterflies.ca/families/skippers as my primary ID aid. The ROM Field Guide to Butterflies of ONTARIO is also very useful.
Thanks for the link, Tom. While I can find general info on common insects, we have a dearth of detailed resources here in Alberta.
John Acorn suggests that the first generation of Painted Ladies will be abundant as far north as Edmonton this summer. See: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/painted-lady-butterflies-to-grace-alberta-with-rare-migration-1.4160857
They are beauties. I hope that you’ll see, photograph, some.
Great news. Thanks for the link. I haven’t seen any yet (and we do have a fair share of thistles, tho’ many were hit hard by several times by hail). I really enjoy John Acorn’s books — I have several. Just discovered he’s written one entirely on Alberta butterflies (2007).
I enjoyed working with John on a science project with Tyrrell about 25 years ago. See: