20180607-09 Swallowtail, Song Sparrow, Grouse, Tree Swallow, Brown Thrasher, Forest Tent, Crab Spider, Wasp

We are seeing more and more springtime flora and fauna out and about nowadays.  Some samples:

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail butterflies are still nectaring on a variety of blossoms including black cherries and lilacs.  Soon we may see its caterpillars on some of the black cherry leaves.  Something to watch for.

Canada Anemone in full bloom.  The greenish pistils are surrounded by yellow-orange male stamens/anthers.

Red Osier Dogwoods are blooming, occasionally visited by pollinators, usually native  bees and flies.

In almost every thicket, Song Sparrows serenade passers-by.

This Ruffed Grouse paused on the side of the road, permitting this portrait.  Click on the image to get closer.

This unknown plant has been blooming along damp roadsides for about 2 weeks. It is about 15 cm high and each cluster is about 3 cm in diameter, each containing several flowerlets about 0.5 cm in diameter…..

A nice Northern Starflower (Trientalis borealis) in sphagnum moss….

This  Great Lakes Sandcherry, Prunus pumila, might be of the susquehanae  variety.  It is seen near the end of Riverside Road, growing as a shrub about 60 cm high.

Pale Corydalis are still blooming in their natural rockeries.  I have yet to see Yellow Corydalis or Golden Corydalis.

This Tree Swallow is near its swallow bird box on Riverside Road.

This Brown Thrasher (or its relatives) has been seen in the same area (say 100 m X 50 m) for the last several years.

An infestation of Forest Tent Caterpillars on an Aspen along Riverside Road.  3 adjacent Aspens were infested.  They were treated with the soapy water solution and expired.

This bumblebee is nectaring on this raspberry blossom.  Notice the pollen baskets on the rear legs.

Uh!  Oh!  Look at what is hiding behind these raspberry flowers!  A flower (crab) spider ….

A wasp gathering a few rays of sunshine on a warm rock….

There is some research which indicates why this sort of image helps to relax people…

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fractal-patterns-nature-and-art-are-aesthetically-pleasing-and-stress-reducing-180962738/

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/01/why-fractals-are-so-soothing/514520/

Click on the following to enlarge it.  If possible go full screen on your monitor to enjoy it.  Nice?

Mary Holland reports that the Pearl Crescent butterflies are emerging in New England.  I think that I’ve seen some Northern Crescents around here.

2 thoughts on “20180607-09 Swallowtail, Song Sparrow, Grouse, Tree Swallow, Brown Thrasher, Forest Tent, Crab Spider, Wasp

  1. Dear Tom .. THANK YOU for the wonders you show us. So Lovely, this realm of Mother Nature. xoxo

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