Category Archive for 'Phenology'

they’re hatching!

Monday, June 18th, 2007

This morning, I remembered to look for the silver eggs that I saw being laid by a predatory Stink Bug on June 7th. Lucky thing that I did as the eggs must have just hatched out. A tiny mass of bugs could be seen clinging to the eggs – they’re probably still at the first […]

the bug that laid the silver eggs

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Last year, some of you may remember that I wrote a series of posts about a cluster or silver eggs found on a milkweed leaf on June 13th (see image of eggs below). About a week later, the eggs began to hatch, and several of us discussed the “blue lining” seen on some of those […]

right on time

Thursday, May 10th, 2007

Yesterday, I saw the first Black Swallowtail butterflies (Papilio polyxenes) of the season. The one above was resting on some muddy tire tracks in the lane just outside my house this afternoon (click on above image for larger view). I found a second one flying in a meadow beside the poplar and birch wood lot. […]

Variations, and the return of the Wood Frogs

Friday, April 20th, 2007

One of the problems that we encounter when trying to identify species is that there can be quite a lot of variation in appearance. The above example is a case in point. I found this very tiny lady beetle while I was walking about in the woods yesterday. Although it has 4 black spots on […]

recently read or seen – and enjoyed

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

This is the scene that greeted me when I sat up in bed to take a look out the north-facing window into our garden early this morning. Not a pretty sight! Shortly after, I saw three large “V” formations of Canada geese winging their way southward over the house. They looked rather *determined* — like […]

First Annual Blogger BioBlitz

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Saturday, Don and I hiked a loop over several trails at Murphy’s Point Provincial Park, stopping to photograph some mosses, a few remnants of what looked to be a Northern Flying Squirrel that must have been dropped by a predator (I’m sparing you the photo), and some Red Velvet Mites that we found wandering over […]

finding caterpillars

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Pandora Sphinx – Eumorpha pandorus In my last post on nature photography, Ruth commented: I seldom see unusual animals, insects or birds, but I would like to be able to recognize the signs that they were there, whether by identifying feeding habits, scat, trails, etc. I likely would see more if I knew how to […]