20170913 Up close to blooms, bugs, berries and a Great Blue Heron

Morning fog brought another opportunity to roam with camera in hand.

Here are some scenes, many of which are worth clicking on to enlarge (Use your browser “back” button to return to this URL) :

Seeds are developing on this Virgin’s Bower vine …

Bumble bee and hoverfly visiting the last of the Goldenrods for nectar …

This looks like a hoverfly, resting on a leaf …

Birds, and others, have stripped all of the berries from this Black Elderberry bush …

but foragers have just started on this bush…

Some of the Elderberry shrubs have produced a very late flowerhead …

A few highbush cranberries on this twig …

Lots more here:

A good crop of Northern Wild Raisins this year ….

Mature berries providing energy for flying insects …

A (shield?) beetle is visiting the remaining berries on this Bristly Sarsaparilla ..

Several generations  of Cabbage White butterflies have been seen this year.  The latest generation will overwinter in their chrysalis to emerge as butterflies next spring —— to terrorize cabbage family farmers.

This unidentified moth is visiting a fall Aster …

This ambush spider is lying in wait for a visiting meal…

This long-legged spider may be  awaiting a meal or maybe starting a web …

Their fellow arachnids spin webs to entangle their prey …

This is on some asparagus plumes that I planted about 20 years ago …

We are still seeing Monarch caterpillars.   If these make it to the butterfly stage they will enter diapause for the long trip to Mexico.  It is difficult to understand how this individual’s progeny will arrive in the Britt area 3 or 4 generations later.

Some reindeer lichen on shield lichen on a Jack Pine twig …

Dew on Butter and Eggs

Hooded Ladies Tresses are blooming in the wet roadside ditches.  This little orchid was beaten  by the Bunchberry in the Competition for Canada’s National Flower on July 1, 2017.

It has been reported that this GBH has been returning to the Britt area for several years …

 

 

 

The abnormally dry hot fall weather is affecting a lot of the local flora and fauna.  An interesting topic to ponder and study.

 

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4 thoughts on “20170913 Up close to blooms, bugs, berries and a Great Blue Heron

  1. Dear Tom .. not only do we recceive your beautiful pix but we are informed as well. The Blue Heron was beautiful. THANK YOU. xoxo

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