20180628-30 End of June Eastern Phoebe, Monarchs, Hummingbird Clearwing, Skippers, Misumena, American Lady, Northern Crescent

Here are some pictures describing some activities at Brtthome at the end of June …

An Eastern Phoebe poses amidst some LED lights on my deck…

I think that this male was part of the first flight of Monarchs to arrive this spring.

June is the time for Snapping Turtles to lay their eggs, often in the loose gravel along the sides of roads — and also a time for foxes  (and others) to find the eggs for a meal.

The end of June is a  good time to find butterflies nectaring on roadside milkweed plants.

Clearwing Moths too:   Hemaris Thysbe

Skippers visit milkweeds also.

This one might be an Indian Skipper …  Or????

A green-eyed, yellow legged wasp

Bumblebee nectaring on Viper’s Bugloss …

I don’t see this very often.  A flower crab spider on Viper’s Bugloss…

Another ambush spider with the remnants of its prey …

This little skipper succumbed to a flower crab spider.   See the curled proboscis in the dead prey is typical, I think.

A rare web above an Oxeye Daisy …

Some sort of beetle having a snack …

The small white dots in those orange rectangles in the forewing identify this as Vanessa virginiensis the elegant American Lady  —— as opposed to the equally elegant Vanessa cardui which doesn’t have that small white dot in the orange rectangle.

A wasp (of some sort) nectaring on Common Yarrow…

Ilex verticillata, “the winterberry, is a species of holly native to eastern North America in the United States and southeast Canada, from Newfoundland west to Ontario and Minnesota, and south to Alabama.

“Other names that have been used include black alder winterberry, brook alder, Canada holly,[3] coralberry, deciduous holly, deciduous winterberry, false alder, fever bush, inkberry, Michigan holly, possumhaw, swamp holly, Virginian winterberry, or winterberry holly.”  

A lot of winterberries grow in local wet areas, giving a splash of red colour in the late fall and early winter…


Tall meadow rue , one of three Thalictrums common in N. Ontario, blooms along the shorelines of swamps and streams in late June…

This Northern Crescent is picking up some nectar from an Oxeye Daisey.  Both appear quite ragged.

I am still in catch-up mode.  I think that I will be more subject organized for pictures made in July which contain lots of Leps and Odes.  Something like Blake’s Birder Blog of July 25th featuring Leps and Odes.

2 thoughts on “20180628-30 End of June Eastern Phoebe, Monarchs, Hummingbird Clearwing, Skippers, Misumena, American Lady, Northern Crescent

  1. Dear Tom .. breathtakingly beautiful .. the colour + the composition. Mother Nature is incredible for those who wish to see. THANK YOU. xoxo

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