It was another great field trip with Brady Mathes as he hunted for butterflies in the Pineview Valley Park, following the linear pathway to the ponds and wildflower meadows at the back. With a flick of the wrist, Brady expertly caught at least 12 species of butterflies, including 3 types of Swallowtails. After capturing them in the net, he carefully placed them into a special plastic bug container which allowed everyone to see the butterflies close up before Brady released them to fly away. Some of the butterflies seen included Two-Tailed Swallow Tail, Anise Swallow Tail, Oregon Swallowtail, Western Green Hairstreak, Large or Creamy Marblewing, Stella’s Orangetiip, Oeneis Chryxus, Silvery Blue, Common Alpine, Persius Duskywing, Common Sulphur,.and Juba Skipper.
Jesse Ritcey took these pictures of a very common slime mold found on bark mulch and woody debris. Slime molds are fascinating organisms. Even though they are called molds, they are not fungi. In fact, they are not animals, plants, …Continue reading →
Submitted by Adele Stapleton (photos) and Margaret Graham (text) It was a great day for a field trip to the newly restored Dufferin Wetlands beside Dufferin Elementary with Kirsten Wourms who is in charge of the City of Kamloops Nature …Continue reading →
Submitted by Marina Lipinski These pictures show a black widow spider capturing a wild bee in our front flower garden. The victim is wrapped up and towed back to the spider’s lair, where the spider will suck the life out …Continue reading →
Here is a look at what was seen on the Naturalist Club trip to Gamble Pond. If you know the names of these birds, please add them in the comments. Hover your cursor over the images to see the caption, …Continue reading →
One arrived on Tuesday and a few more today, feeding on the sunflower seeds under my feeder in Barnhartvale. A number of years ago hundreds arrived and ate everything. Freshly emerged peas in the garden were devoured. A week later …Continue reading →
Welcome to Mushroom Monday for April 30, 2018 With the recent appearance of a few species of ink cap mushrooms, we can expect to see them through the summer and fall. The big majority of ink cap mushrooms (called the …Continue reading →