Monarch on Echinacea

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch’s exploit many plants, not only milkweed. This specimen had just been laying eggs on milkweed leaves and had moved over to this Echinacea to stocky up on nectar.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 24 July, 2021
  • Exposure bias: -7/10EV
  • Focal length: 105.83000183385mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s
By |2021-07-24T17:01:19-04:00July 24th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, Butterfly, garden, INsect|0 Comments

Squash Bee

Pollination

A pair of bumble bees at work inside a male squash flower – hopefully they will later find themselves in a female flower and be able to put the pollen to good use.


  • Aperture: ƒ/2.5
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 21 July, 2021
  • Focal length: 8.8400001525879mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s

By |2021-07-21T16:51:09-04:00July 21st, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, garden, INsect, vegetables|0 Comments

Face-off …

Weevil Wasp

Facing off on the flowers of a wild carrot plant with an ant. Who will back down first?

I had some difficulty identifying this fellow but with a little external assistance pinned it down as a ‘Weevil Wasp’ … a future contributor to the 1000 Species Project when I have done some more reading up on them.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 10 July, 2021
  • Focal length: 167.97999565123mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s

By |2021-07-12T14:22:39-04:00July 10th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, garden, INsect|0 Comments

European Hornet

NOT a “Murder Hornet”

Nor is it a locally found insect. There have been lots of scary photos in the press in recent weeks of giant, orange “murder hornets” appearing out Vancouver-way. This is not one of those (which anyway spend their time murdering hive bees rather than bee keepers and their friends) but it is a similar looking, but half size, version from central Europe. In this case enjoyed in eastern Austria.


By |2020-11-23T15:28:09-05:00November 26th, 2020|INsect|0 Comments

“We have gained access, chaps”

Small Milkweed Bugs

There has been a cluster of nymphal forms of these true bugs on the milkweed patch in front of the house for some time now. Those that have not been made into snacks for birds and the like have now found a mature seed capsule and were busily making their way to the interior.

“All it will take is one more heave, chaps. On the count of three, now … ”


  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • Camera: DSC-RX100
  • Taken: 27 September, 2020
  • Exposure bias: +1EV
  • Focal length: 10.4mm
  • ISO: 125
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s
By |2020-09-28T07:28:11-04:00September 28th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, garden, INsect|0 Comments
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