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

Drew Monkman

I am a retired teacher, naturalist and writer with a love for all aspects of the natural world, especially as they relate to seasonal change.