Above Photo: Fragrant White Water Lily in the Big Pond near Big Lake
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We cruised the Common Milkweed patches on our way to and from Parry Sound on a warm summer day. This is what we found:
A partially hidden Blanding’s Turtle in the Big Pond across the road from Big Lake….
This 5 petal, small (<1 cm) blossom on stems with alternate needle-like leaves has me stumped. Found along 529, on a wet roadside near the road to Naiscoot Lodge…
EDIT: Marsh Bellflower.
The seed head of the Pitcher Plants haven’t changed much, except where this Shield Beetle appears to be chewing….
This little beetle looks warily up at the spider. Has the spider molted or has it just preyed on one of its brethern?
Yellow Goatsbeard (Salsify) ready to disperse its seeds via parachute … (a good one to expand fully)
I am often seeing Monarch Caterpillars at the blossoms. Is that where they molt?
This is probably a second generation Red Admiral.
A pair of American Ladies have lunch at the Common Milkweed Cafe.
Only the shadow knows what kind of skipper this is!
Speaking of Skippers, here are three different Grass Skippers:
About 30 Grass Skippers are found in Ontario. You really have to look carefully to ID the species reliably. The above 3 are a good challenge using Rick Cavasin’s Butterflies of Ontario. …. or the nice-to-use iNaturalist.org site.
Maybe a Dot Tailed Whiteface …
Pickerel Weed in bloom…
Aha! A (poorly photographed) Clearwing Moth! Snowberry (H diffinis) or Hummingbird (H thysbe)? It is quite difficult to tell the difference. In this case the near (port) legs appear to be quite pale. The far (starboard) legs appear black (in shadow?). I’ll go with the legs being pale and ID this one as being a Hummingbird Clearwing Moth. So I am still on the trail of its cousin.
I think that Hwy 529 is as good a place as any to monitor the changes happening to our flora and fauna this summer so its time for another trip.
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