Ladybug, ladybug…and a Monarch caterpillar

“The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” – Annie Dillard (Pilgrim at Tinker Creek)

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The ladybug in the photos is the Seven-Spotted Lady Beetle, which along with another species, has entirely replaced Ontario’s Nine-Spotted Lady Beetle (the dominant species before the 1980’s) [1].

I finally found my first Monarch caterpillar of the summer, but it seems a bit late, given the fact that their migration will soon begin. There’s an interesting article on the Parks Canada (Point Pelee National Park) website about the migration of the Monarchs from Point Pelee. They will soon be flying about 3000 km south, to Mexico, and it’s sometimes possible to see large numbers of Monarchs at the park as they cross Lake Erie, or wait for optimal weather conditions. The autumn migration takes place from late August to early October [2].

University of Guelph Insect Collection. Lady Beetles of Ontario. Online:
Parks Canada, Point Pelee National Park. Online:

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7 Responses to “Ladybug, ladybug…and a Monarch caterpillar”
  1. donald says:

    i love the quote! so very true!!

  2. beautiful photos! I love the ladybug in motion.

  3. donald says:

    yes, lots of bird activity here the last couple weeks. even saw a flock of canadian geese flying south the other day!

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