How Many Species Live In Baie-D’Urfé?

Looking about you and learning about what you see About a week ago we wrote about our participation in the Nature Conservancy Canada “Bioblitz” during which we recorded all the species we saw in a five day period in our garden and the nearby roads and parks. The total came to 217. We [...]

2021-08-14T16:34:55-04:00Saturday, August 14, 2021|

The Flying Lobster

Snowberry Clearwing (Hummingbird) Moth Today is impossibly hot with blazing sun and a humidex of >40C ... on the other hand, these conditions brought this wonderful moth out to play amongst our phlox flowers. Hemaris diffinis The moth is not quite as large as a Hummingbird but easy to confuse at a [...]

2021-08-10T15:28:07-04:00Tuesday, August 10, 2021|

Black & White Admiral

Realizing that I had a good photograph of a White Admiral butterfly, an insect that is more black than white, I wondered what it would look like in monochrome. This is the result - quite pleasing, especially as it was sitting on a white flower at the time. This was taken almost a [...]

2021-08-09T22:33:59-04:00Monday, August 9, 2021|

A Year of Neighbourhood Nature

How time does fly — just over a year ago I was inspired by a fine naturalist from England (thanks Tom) who had set himself the challenge of identifying 1000 UK species — birds, grasses, spiders, whatever. I had a couple of exchanges with him was assured that the concept was not trademarked, [...]

2021-03-05T12:18:00-05:00Thursday, March 4, 2021|

Afternoon Snack

Common Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia) About this time of year we start to enjoy the big webs and bright yellow bodies of the Yellow Garden Spider. Today we found one busily wrapping up a snack she had caught in her web ... hard to tell, but just possibly a Japanese Beetle. [...]

2020-09-24T16:38:05-04:00Saturday, August 8, 2020|

Snowberry Clearwing Moth

Following a long and very heavy spell of high heat days with health warnings to stay indoors etc there was rain today and afterwards this wonderful moth was working the flowers on the milkweed plants. About the size of a thumb and an absolute gem of an insect - we have seen [...]

2020-07-12T13:58:36-04:00Sunday, July 12, 2020|

Sunny Day with Birds and Deer (*Video)

Not that we have any urge to escape from the garden - this lockdown business is not causing any mental disturbance at all - but occasionally we like to check up on what the wild world is up to and so we take ourselves five minutes down the road to walk the trails [...]

2020-07-07T14:48:06-04:00Sunday, July 12, 2020|

Cold Weather Moths

Bruce Spanwing Moth A couple of days ago we saw a pale moth flying across the garden - late November, snow on the ground, temperatures around zero or below - and shrugged as it flew away. This morning we got a closer look at it, or a relative. I am reasonably confident that [...]

2019-11-26T10:03:09-05:00Tuesday, November 26, 2019|

The Beetles Are (Still) Coming

Japanese Beetles in the Ascendency Recently we wrote about the welcome appearance this summer of the eggs of parasitic Tachnid flies on the bodies of Japanese Beetles in the garden and we have been looking forward to a decline in beetle numbers as a consequence. No such luck. For the past four years, [...]

2019-09-01T12:55:17-04:00Sunday, September 1, 2019|

Action on the Golden Rod

The Golden Rod was alive with insects Tuesday morning in the warm sun - here are four that posed for their portraits. There were also a number of Hover Flies which never paused long enough to be immortalised. Clearly a Bumble Bee and I think most likely Bombus impatiens (Common Eastern Bumble Bee) [...]

2019-08-27T13:28:44-04:00Sunday, September 1, 2019|
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