20170628 Sweat Bee, Pickerel Weed, Polypody, Pitcher Plant, Ruffed Grouse, Bumblebee, Woodduck, Paper Wasp

We saw these sights along Shebeshekong Road Hwy 529 on our way back from Parry Sound:

A green Sweat Bee is gathering pollen and nectar … possibly for a nest of eggs yet to be hatched.

A clump of Pickerel Weed is gathering energy for its purple flowers which we’ll see in a few weeks…

This is Rock Cap Fern or Polypody

 

The Pitcher Plant is maturing.  I am interested to see how that flower head develops….

Ruffed Grouse giving the photographer the eye ….(click for more detail)

Strutting…

…. then quietly disappearing into the long grass …

This appears to be one of the many Paper Wasps that are found in North America.   Photos of them can be found on the many pest control websites found on the internet.

Bumblebee with friend enjoying lunch …

A lone female Wood Duck in a stream near the intersection of Hwys 645 and 529.  No sign of a male.

20170627 Clearwing Butterfly, Bumblebee, Hoverfly, Copper Butterfly, Baskettail, Canadian Tiger Swallowtail, Harris Checkerspot, Painted Lady Butterfly, Monarch Butterfly

Above photograph:  Kalmia angustiflolia, Sheep Laurel, in full bloom in a peat bog along Hwy 529.

 

A few hours of respite from the rain and wind gave some opportunities for further exploration along Hwy 529:

Hummingbird Clearwing Moth uncoiling its proboscis as it approaches Viper’s Bugloss…

Bombus has its refuel probe and landing gear extended as it approaches a clover blossom.

My intent was to photograph the Copper Butterfly.  I didn’t see the  spider waiting in ambush until I looked into the viewfinder.  I wonder if the stalk of grass helped the spider find this spot?

38 seconds later the spider has disappeared …

When I got home I saw where the spider had gone… 3 seconds after the earlier photo one of its legs is visible above the petal at the back of the flower.  I wish that I was looking harder at the time of exposure.  I might’ve witnessed nature in the raw.

A Common Baskettail is resting here… probably chewing and swallowing black flies…

A Hoverfly (possibly Eristalis interruptus) gathering nectar from Common Yarrow….

Three more Hoverflies, I think….

See:  https://meadowhawk.wordpress.com/2010/10/06/hover-flies/    and:

https://meadowhawk.wordpress.com/2014/09/29/backyard-hover-flies/

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail nectaring from a Spreading Dogbane…

Correction, especially on this Canada Day!

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail!

The “Eyes” on its underside give this butterfly away as a Painted Lady

The white spots in the dark squares on the back of the inner wings identify this butterfly as a Harris Checkerspot, whose numbers are decreasing rapidly in the US Northeast.

Here is another Vanessa cardui

The Spreading Dogbane that this Monarch is nectaring from is related to Common Milkweed.  Here is a good read:

https://the-natural-web.org/2014/07/08/what-good-is-dogbane/

Bee and fleeing Hoverfly …

More Hoverflies …

And a bee (click on it to see its very strange eye) …

Is this a Fowler’s Toad?  It was about 2″ tip to tail….

This Monarch was hanging out on juniper branches next to a patch of milkweeds, not yet in bloom.

Interesting sheen to the hair on the torso of this Painted Lady …

I am not sure what this (Ground Crab ?) Spider is doing here …

But it’s quite obvious what is going on here, on a different Ox Eye Daisy.

Male, uncoiling its proboscis …

Some warmer drier weather is forecast for July.  I suspect that we’ll see an abundance of pollinators —- and their predators.

 

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