20180530-31 End of May flowers and insects

The occasional wild calla lily is blooming in the ditches along Hwy 529.

Interrupted ferns are now full size, illustrating how the fertile segments (pinnae) “interrupts” the fronds of the fern…

Every springtime I am reassured to see this nice patch of Pink Ladyslippers on the property I had on Riverside Road.  22 years ago there were about half a dozen blooms — so they are doing well ….

Sometimes I see these reddish leaf remnants on Black Cherries (P serotina), never on Choke Cherries (P virginiana).   Another identifier when looking at small trees?

We have a small number of Blueberry blossoms this year.  I fear that the absence of pollinators will result in a small crop for 2018.

Starflowers are in their diminutive glory ….

And soon the wild ( Virginia) strawberries will be ripe for little (and bigger) critters to snack on…

I am still trying to identify this small flower.  The stalks are about 15 cm high and grows along wet mossy roadsides, often along with wild lily of the valley…..

Eastern tent caterpillar on a Chokecherry shrub. Eastern tents attack cherries predominantly.

The other common tent caterpillar, the Forest Tent Caterpillar  is at a population maximum in Northeastern Ontario this spring and is causing defoliation of Sugar Maple and Poplar trees.  If it is just a one-year attack the trees will probably recover with no ill effects.  Attacks for several years in a row can cause damage or even death to the affected trees.

This Native Elm tree died about 5 or 6 years ago.  Now it provides a home for a food source for Pileated Woodpeckers, the architects of this structure:

This Yellow Warbler seems to be having a conversation with the birdie (below) on the same tree.

This Eastern Phoebe was flitting its tail and talking back to the warbler with its characteristic “feeee beeee” sounds…..

This might be a meadowhawk.  Hopefully I’ll see more examples as the season progresses.  In the meantime I’ll peruse a new (to me) website:  http://www.pbase.com/tmurray74/bugs

As Andy Fyon says, “Fanleaf Hawthorn or Fireberry hawthorn; shrub or small tree; also known as New England hawthorn.

The last of the Trilliums ….

This might be a Dreamy Duskywing …..


Latest from Mary Holland:  https://naturallycuriouswithmaryholland.wordpress.com/2018/06/08/newly-emerged-dragonflies-vulnerable/

One thought on “20180530-31 End of May flowers and insects

  1. Dear Tom .. THANK YOU .. all those fresh numerous hues of green and those incoming textures. So much to see and then experience. xoxo

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