Jun 242017

We have a sweet smelling Abelia shrub that is proving to be very popular with the insect population. Visitors this month include our first and so far only Monarch, a Black Swallowtail, a White Admiral, and two hawkmoths, including the Hummingbird Clearwing and the Nessus Sphinx, the latter new to us. And out amongst the wildflowers, the Canada Tiger Swallowtail is regularly feeding on the Viper’s Bugloss. I was able to photograph them all except the Monarch, with two separate views of the Hummingbird Clearwing Moth.

On June 8th, Peter got a bit of a surprise opening the door to our under-deck to find an Eastern Milksnake coiled around one of the garden hoses. He was lucky to get a photo as it made its way along the line of stopcocks heading for a bit of cover under the stairs.

Stephenie Armstrong, Warsaw

Eastern Milksnake – Peter Armstrong

Nessus Sphinx at Abelia shrub. Note two yellow bands on abdomen – Stephenie Armstrong – June 2017

Hummingbird Clearwing at Abelia shrub – Stephenie Armstrong


Canada Tiger Swallowtail on Viper Bugloss – Stephenie Armstrong

May 202017

On our morning walk on 6′ Bay Rd, Buckhorn, we came upon a freshly killed (runover) snake that I had never seen before. Not being fond of snakes, but not wishing it to be mutilated by more traffic, we moved it to the shoulder of the road, and took a couple of photos of it. It would appear to be an Eastern Milksnake. The milksnake is currently listed as a Species of  Special Concern under the Ontario Endangered Species Act, 2007 and Special Concern under the federal act.

Young Eastern Milksnake – Kingsley Hubbs

Oct 082016

I came across this little Eastern Milksnake on a dirt road at Gannons Narrows on Pigeon Lake at about 1:30 pm October 2. It is only 6-7 inches long and was stretched out. The dog walked over it and I thought it was dead, but when I bent down to take a picture with my cell phone it coiled up and tried to strike out at me a few times and the tail would move as if it was trying to rattle. Here is a short video of the snake.

Young Eastern Milksnake - Kingsley Hubbs

Young Eastern Milksnake – Kingsley Hubbs