How to survive a heat wave

The Great Blue Heron in the photo comes to fish at the base of the waterfall on most days, and the Mallards spend their time in calmer waters, a little further down river. The heron was so patiently waiting for a fish, but didn’t catch anything while I was there this afternoon. Many of the ducks had their … Continue reading

Humble things

I had great difficulty identifying these first two insects, but I’ve narrowed them down to some type of Long-legged Fly (Family – Dolichopodidae) and the Twin-spotted Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus jamaicensis). Both photos were taken at the end of June, so that’s about 2 months of searching BugGuide, databases and books. I know, perhaps too long … Continue reading

A rare sight

The Giant Swallowtail is the largest butterfly in Canada and is usually found only in southwestern Ontario, not here in eastern Ontario (see Edit below – it’s no longer rare here). I’ve been seeing one (or perhaps two) quite frequently this summer, but either I’ve not had my camera, or the butterfly just quickly passed … Continue reading

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