I had only seen this moth species once before and that was in the early 2000's when I had found one clinging on my screen door one morning. This weekend we had stopped at a gas station and found several Rosy Maple Moths on the outside wall of the building there . A welcomed sighting of a very colourful moth.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Friday, June 29, 2007
I take a walk through a meadow often for it is a most fascinating place full of wildflowers, butterfies and moths, dragonflies and damselflies and bugs and beetles. The small flying creature pictured to the left mimics the appearance of a bee or wasp but is actually a fly called American Hover Fly. This fly feeds on flower nectar and also aphids. The colourful black and orange/red beetle to the right is called a Burying Beetle and as its name implies buries carrion that it encounters. Insects and bugs are all fascinating to look at and photograph and research. A meadow is wonderful place to wander through for you may find all sorts of small intriguing creatures there.
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Thursday, June 28, 2007
This was a new find for me. A very small plant that is know for growing in boggy areas, yet I found this growing on an eroded hillside while looking for butterflies in the dry, sparse, grassy area above. I think there is probably underground water seepage that keeps the area wet and damp at the spot where this Round-leaved Sundew is located. It was not in blossom yet but the tall stem, which is cane-shaped at its top, holds the buds that will come into blossom one at a time. As a child I remember being fascinated when hearing of carnivorous plants. Imagine a plant eating an insect! Even today I am still intrigued by Pitcher Plants whenever I find them. So I was doubly impressed to learn that Sundew is also a carnivorous plant. I didn't see the clear, sticky, liquid droplets on the end of the plant's spines that look like 'dew' until I downloaded my macro photos. Insects flying by will get stuck in this sticky substance and the Sundew plant will gradually dissolve and absorb the nutrients from the trapped insect's body.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I think this is a real gem of a picture; or rather I should say 'jewel' for this is a male River Jewelwing Damselfly. Some damselflies are not so easily identified but this Jewelwing has its own unique appearance. The black on the hindwings is about a third of its wing and the forewings have a lesser amount of black. Also its long black legs have prominent spines. Its body is a bright metallic green but sometmes appears blue depending upon the lighting where it is found. Damselflies are insects of the Odonata group; as are dragonflies as well.
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This little insect eating warbler must have been flying home with food for its young when I came along. Standing beside the river, within a stand of bushes and trees, I kept hearing a bird sound very loudly close beside me but I could not find its source. Stepping back to get a better view this little Chestnut-sided Warbler flew out of the tree that I had been standing beside.
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Monday, June 25, 2007
I glimpsed this attractive yellow moth flying in the early evening with sunlight shining through it wings. It was a beautiful sight. I followed it over the grass until it finally settled in one stationary spot on my lawn. Hoping it would stay in that location I ran to get my camera and it was still there when I got back. One of the foods this False Crocus Geometer Moth feeds on is Ground Ivy and we have a plentiful supply of that small wildflower in our yard.
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Sunday, June 24, 2007
I hadn't seen one of these little nuthatches for quite a while. They used to visit at our feeders often but I haven't seen them much during the past year or so. I found this one in an old wooded area which includes a stand of old, tall Pines. It didn't seem to mind me being there and allowed me to take quite a few close up pictures.
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Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
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Thursday, June 21, 2007
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Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
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Friday, June 15, 2007
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Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Ever fascinating and sometimes difficult to id , I am intrigued whenever I encounter dragonflies. I was fortunate yesterday when some kept landing on a cement water pipe just in front of where I was standing. There was a small pond on one side of a dirt road with a marshy area on the other and there was lots of dragonfly activity. The first dragonfly that I could identify was a male Chalk-fronted Corporal.
The second species that I was able to get pictures of was a Dot-tailed Whiteface. Marks which easily identifies this dragonfly are the bright yellow spot on the S7 segment of its abdomen and its white face. One of the most beautiful dragonflies that I have photographed was a Calico Pennant last year on June 19th.
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Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Watching safely from a vantage point high above the river on the foot path of a railroad bridge, I saw this Snapping Turtle slowly moving along the river bank before it returned to the river. In previous years, often towards the latter end of June, I have encountered Snapping Turtles laying eggs in areas adjacent to the river.
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Monday, June 04, 2007
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