20170703 Part 2 of 3: Nature photography near Britt, Ontario

Photo:  Looking upstream from the patch of milkweeds at the bridge over the Naiscoot River on Hwy 529.

On July 3 I enjoyed a few hours with Sudbury Photographer and Author Ray Thoms checking out butterflies on Riverside Drive and, after lunch at St Amants, along Hwy 529.  We both made lots of pictures so I’ve decided to post three parts,  each with about 16 photos.  This is …

Part 2  Along Riverside Rd and Hwy 529

Another male Monarch nectaring at the milkweed patch at “Reno’s Corner” on Riverside Road.

Great Spangled Frittilaries were also stopping by…

Possible a Crossline Skipper.   I am now resolved to spend more time with these difficult-to-identify butterflies — to try to get images of them in a variety of positions.

From Andy’s Northern Ontario WildflowersWinterberry Holly; deciduous, erect, holly shrub; are male and female shrubs; also known as Winterberry, Fever Bush,  Striped Alder, White Alder, Coralberry, Michigan Holly, False Alder, Inkberry, Black Alder Winterberry, Deciduous Winterberry, Virginian Winterberry, Brook Alder, Deciduous Holly, Possumhaw, Swamp Holly.

Starting to bloom now, First of July.


Yes!  “…. try to get images of them in a variety of positions”!


That black line aft of the eyes in deceiving.  The pale coloured legs confirm this as a Hummingbird Clear Moth  aka  Hymaris thysbe

After lunch, Ray and I went down “The Old 69 Highway from Pointe au Baril to Britt” — the current Hwy 529.

Early showing of the delightful harebells that grace our rocky outcrops…

European Skipper which is very abundant near old hayfields (because of the presence of Timothy.)

Early showing of Coreopsis at the junction of Hwy 529 and Hwy 645.

Flooded beaver dam on the east side of Hwy 529.

First time seen:  A white crab spider perched in a Viper’s Bugloss…

All four of these insects appear to be the same species.   I think that they are hoverflies.  But what kind??

They were very common nectaring on native  Cow Parsnip.



This shows the latex of the Common Milkweed.  The latex contains bitter poisonous chemicals (glycosides) that make  Monarchs unpleasant food (since they metamorphose from caterpillars that eat Milkweed leaves).   This process leads to the mimicry of the Viceroy butterfly.   Although I am not an experienced forager, I have tried pickled milkweed pods — which had an interesting texture.


Part 3 of 3 will continue along Hwy 529.

2 thoughts on “20170703 Part 2 of 3: Nature photography near Britt, Ontario

  1. Thank you Tom .. have seen them on my many walks and your close-ups are truly amazing. xoxo

    • Thanks Krys,
      I am still working to identify some of those rascals! The world of bugs is a big one and I am starting to learn about them late in life. So much to learn, so little time! 🙂

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