Fyi the 'fly' part refers to butterflies, dragonflies, and true flies.
The warm summer weather is a great time to see many flying insects, whether in the back yard, where many of these photos were taken, or any natural area. The skies are a-buzz with flies!
Today was a good lepidoptera day in the yard. I saw:
|Eastern Tiger Swallowtail|
This was quite a fresh looking Painted Lady. More and more of the butterflies I am seeing are showing wear, with tattered wings. So it is always nice to see a fresh individual.
There were others present in the last day or two that I wasn't able to get photos of, such as a Giant Swallowtail which didn't stick around long enough to allow me to document its presence. And earlier today, I noted one of the few skippers I've had in the backyard this summer. I didn't have the camera in my hands, and by the time I got back about two minutes later, it had vanished. If memory served me correctly, it looked closest to a Dion Skipper, which would be quite unusual considering the habitat, so I can't be sure.
There were other 'flies' present as well. One of the more common ones is this green blowfly.
|Flower or Hover fly|
Other 'flies' over the last couple of days after a visit to Rondeau, include:
|Northern Pearly Eye|
It is quite unfortunate that this Ribbon Snake was killed. It is a declining species in Ontario, and is officially considered Special Concern, which is one short step away from being legally Threatened. Ribbon Snakes like the habitat provided by wooded wetlands, so there is lots of habitat for them at Rondeau. However since paved roads go through or close by lots of the wet woodland habitat at Rondeau, they are at risk of being run over as they bask on the pavement in their attempt to absorb the warmth of the sunlight. For that reason, some roads at Rondeau have been closed for part of the year, especially when reptiles such as the Ribbon Snake may be using them more frequently and thus at greater risk of being harmed.