Jun 082015
 

Here’s some action in our backyard. We have a pair of White-breasted Nuthatches nesting in the bluebird box…very interesting to watch the courtship displays and how they react to other animals. Beautiful Canadian Tiger Swallowtails, too.

Mike Barker, Algonquin Blvd

White-breasted Nuthatches at nesting box - Mike Barker

White-breasted Nuthatches at nesting box – Mike Barker

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail on Dame's Rocket bloom - Mike Barker

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail on Dame’s Rocket bloom – Mike Barker

May 192015
 

With the heat and humidity in recent days, we saw the first fireflies of the season last night (May 18). More than we have seen in the last number of years.     Jim Watt, Gannon Narrows  

(Note: Fireflies, in my experience, do not usually emerge until well into June. D.M.)

At Camp Kawartha on May 18, I saw my first Canadian Tiger Swallowtail butterfly of the year. It was apparent by the butterfly’s labored flight and pristine appearance that it had just emerged from the chrysalis (pupal stage). These butterflies usually don’t appear until the end of May or early June. Spring Field Crickets were also calling.   Drew Monkman 

Canadian Swallowtail - Stephenie Armstrong

Canadian Tiger Swallowtail – Stephenie Armstrong

Photinus pyralis - a common firefly - Art Farmer

Photinus pyralis – a common firefly – Art Farmer