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Morning light – autumn approaches

Summer is closing down from today ... Every year about this date in early August something happens to the morning light in the garden and the air is filled with the sound of Cicadas with their clockwork running down and of young Blue Jays being rude to each other. Summer is starting to put [...]

2018-08-10T16:29:49+00:00Friday, August 10, 2018|

“Stabilimentum” Weaver

Argiope aurantia - the Yellow Garden Spider Despite being the "common" garden spider in this part of the world Argiope aurantia is not necessarily the commonest spider in our gardens ... but when it does appear, what a beauty. This one of the orb web spider, which is to say the group of spiders that [...]

2018-08-09T14:44:21+00:00Monday, August 6, 2018|

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+00:00Saturday, July 28, 2018|

Garden Splendours

Time for a short update to the wildlife garden notes … some recent observations: Firstly, after 20 years in the garden we have finally recorded the visit of a chipmunk that was, what else, investigating the ground under the bird feeders. Interestingly, a recent discussion on a town residents' Facebook group was about recent [...]

2018-08-09T14:46:59+00:00Friday, July 27, 2018|

Summer Flowers

Sooner or later this exceptionally hot and humid weather will come to an end (please) and things can return to seasonal norms ... until then here are a few flowers that seem to be able to cope with the current conditions rather better than the gardening folk can manage. ___________________________ ___________________ Subscribe [...]

2018-07-24T14:41:51+00:00Tuesday, July 24, 2018|

American Goldfinch on Cosmos

Looking out from the shade at the garden and deciding that, yes, is was too hot to go out into the sun this lovely American Goldfinch (aka: Sherbet Lemon Bird) homes in on these Cosmos flowers that were previously standing tall and upright. A summer delight. EXIF data [...]

2018-07-21T19:31:28+00:00Saturday, July 21, 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+00:00Thursday, 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+00:00Saturday, 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+00:00Friday, July 13, 2018|

Native Meadow Flowers

A corner of the town's milkweed meadow has started showing a nice collection of other flowering native plants that are looking especially fine in thie period of hot and dry sun. EXIF data Copyright © All images are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada (CC [...]

2018-07-10T14:48:21+00:00Tuesday, July 10, 2018|