Eastern Comma Butterfly

Polygonia comma - Eastern Comma Butterfly Appeared in the wildlife garden late afternoon and spent some time flying around the pool, settling here and there as it took the fancy. Several times alighted on the bark of a maple tree - see comment below about sap feeeding. Generally uncommon, the Eastern Comma is rarely [...]

2018-07-28T17:15:38-04:00Saturday, July 28, 2018|

European Common Blue – Again!

Polyomattus icarus Although there are a dozen or more native hairstreak butterflies in southern Quebec, the one we seem to get most regularly in the garden is the European Common Blue (Polyommatus icarus) that arrived in Canada not many years ago in the vicinity of Mirabel airport to the north of city and has [...]

2018-07-19T14:21:45-04:00Thursday, July 19, 2018|

Monarch Butterfly Larva

Monarch caterpillar on common milkweed (with video) Surprisingly active larva working it's way through the flowers of a common milkweed (Asclepis syriaca) in the garden We are seeing quite a number of monarch butterflies this year on the milkweed patches in our garden as well as on the town milkweed garden and in the [...]

2018-07-14T16:11:20-04:00Saturday, July 14, 2018|

A Puzzling Moth

Locust Underwing Moth - Euparthenos nubilis I found this large (approx 4cm) moth on common milkweed flowers in the garden and it had the good nature to stay while I dashed for a camera. Initially I thought this a Catocala (underwing) species, but try as I might - and being mentally "stuck" on that genus [...]

2018-07-13T19:54:04-04:00Friday, July 13, 2018|

Finally – June in the Garden

All months are nice in the garden, but June has to be one of the best for sheer variety. Here are a few flowers we are enjoying as the month begins. Anemone canadensis Viburnum trilobum Spirea (Bridal Wreath flower) Molly's Dell Reliable Iris ... [...]

2018-06-03T11:20:58-04:00Saturday, June 2, 2018|

Cannicule !! – “Phew, worra scorcher”

An abnormally hot week and very dry … we really should not have to be watering trees and shrubs in the second half of September, but there you are, this is the new normal. The old joke bag in England was the stereotypical newspaper headline of "Phew, worra scorcher!!" and this certainly qualifies. The [...]

2017-09-23T10:18:41-04:00Saturday, September 23, 2017|

Passing Warblers and Big Bees

The week started with NO Japanese beetles being found and fingers crossed that their season had finally come to an end … it also started with a Bay-breasted Warbler in one of the Rowan trees. Good auguries for the week to come. Monday produced Warbling Vireo, Magnolia and Black-throated Green Warblers and … a [...]

2017-09-09T20:27:20-04:00Saturday, September 9, 2017|

Fall Migration in the Garden

It's been another week of late summer young birds and assorted insects … the garden itself is full of colour at the moment with bright yellows, reds and blues fighting each other for the most showy prize. The Cardinals are starting to form loose flocks now and were busy early in the week in [...]

2017-08-26T15:34:38-04:00Saturday, August 26, 2017|

Young Birds and Changing Seasons

The Gardeners are back from a superb week’s birding on Grand Manan (if that sort of thing interests you there is a short series of posts with photographs of birds and the like at Anyway - here we are in the garden again and in the short time we were away things have [...]

2017-08-20T09:13:23-04:00Friday, August 18, 2017|

Seasonal changes

This week we were very much aware of seasonal plant succession as early summer blooms begin to give way to our mid-summer flowers. The dark pink lilies have now finished blooming and their place has been taken by rather splendid orange and yellow varieties with the addition of a smaller number of dark reds [...]

2017-07-29T16:18:58-04:00Saturday, July 29, 2017|