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Joe Bartok
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The First Spiders of the Year
A bit of snow and ice doesn't seem to discourage this young female Dolomedes striatus from getting off to an early start on the season. About 10 mm in length, if she survives long enough she will nearly double her size, attaining a length of about 20 mm. Th...
The First Spiders of the Year
The First Spiders of the Year
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The Last Dragonflies of the Year
November has arrived and as expected there have already been a few days with a bit of wet snow and the temperature dropping a bit below freezing at night, but Mother Nature was in a good mood on the 11th and the weather was sunny with the temperature hittin...
The Last Dragonflies of the Year
The Last Dragonflies of the Year
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A Picturesque Patch of Mysterious Moss
It's been about a year since I stumbled across a large patch of distinctive and striking moss growing along the bank of a woodland stream located near the intersection of the Sulphide Road and the trans-Canada Trail (44.494167°, -77.285556°). Last autumn I ...
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A Checklist of the Odonata of south-central Hastings County
An unofficial checklist, the picture will be rounded out when the NHIC's new Ontario Odonata Atlas goes online. The warmer months of 2014 have seen seven additions to last year's list of the Dragonflies and Damselflies of south-central Hastings County , bri...
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An Autumnal Atteva aurea
Often mistaken for a beetle, an Ailanthus Webworm Moth nectaring at a Bull Thistle provides a little splash of color among the surrounding dried grasses and wildflowers gone to seed. The boldly contrasting patterning and colors are thought to be aposematic,...
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A Belated Butterfly
Three Monarchs were reported in Toronto on October 27th so this male is not exceptionally behind schedule on its long journey to its wintering grounds in Mexico. But October 28th is definitely the latest I have seen one in my area (south-central Hastings Co...
A Belated Butterfly
A Belated Butterfly
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October Odes
It's mid-October and the end of odonate season is drawing nigh. As a rule the only species apt to be flying this late are Autumn Meadowhawks, with the odd White-faced Meadowhawk and Spotted Spreadwing for variety. There haven't been any hard frosts as yet a...
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An Equinoctial Odonate
Perhaps post-equinoctial would be more appropriate, as this immature male Twelve-spotted Skimmer (Libellula pulchella) was encountered on September 24th, 2014. The Twelve-spotted Skimmer is a summer dragonfly, the first local fliers were observed at the Van...
An Equinoctial Odonate
An Equinoctial Odonate
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Striking Spiders
Striking – arresting the attention and producing a vivid impression on the sight or the mind, attracting attention by reason of being unusual, extreme, or prominent, conspicuously attractive or impressive. A dazzling Dark Fishing Spider, arresting the atten...
Striking Spiders
Striking Spiders
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A female Saffron-winged Meadowhawk
East of Tweed, near a patch of wildflowers along Lakeview Lane (44.478429°, -77.301881°) – my third sighting of a Saffron-winged Meadowhawk this year (the other two were at Dry Lake, south of Marlbank). Sympetrum costiferum is larger – this individual measu...
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