Great Spangled Fritillary

To help with the Nature Conservancy Of Canada five nation; “Bioblitz” we spent some time in Arboretum identifying species … this was one of the stars. Their caterpillars grow on wild violets on the edges of woodland.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 30 July, 2021
  • Focal length: 174.9299926308mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2021-07-30T17:52:56-04:00July 30th, 2021|arboretum, Butterfly|0 Comments

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

Coming in to Land

Monarch Butterfly

Coming in to land on New England Aster flowers – the number of Monarch butterflies have been reduced this year – apparently because of weather problems in central Mexico where they over-winter and then prolonged and cold winds from the north in spring that made sure many never made it back north of the Great Lakes. Some got here though and now the return migration has begun.


EXIF details

By |2020-09-05T12:24:38-04:00September 10th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, Butterfly, garden, INsect|0 Comments

Alien Butterfly

European Common Blue

As you can tell form the name, this attractive butterfly did not evolve on this continent. In fact they appeared first about ten years ago at Mirabel Airport a half hour’s drive north of Montreal (so presumably hitched a ride) and seem to like it hereabouts, First seen our garden three or four years ago and caused much confusion until we found about the above as it doesn’t “quite” match any of the small, blue natives. Doesn’t seem to be causing any trouble.


  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 31 July, 2020
  • Focal length: 218.32mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s
By |2020-08-03T17:45:08-04:00August 5th, 2020|Butterfly|0 Comments
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