The call of Katydids is one of those night-time noises that can get lost amongst the frogs and the crickets. They tend to hang out high in the trees, so you are more likely to hear them than see them. They rub their forewings together to “sing” their mating call to each other. Their call… Continue reading What Did Katy Do?
Our resident Gray Treefrog has moved back into our half height shed at the back of the cottage again this year. They are nocturnal and I think I woke it up! Apparently they are sometimes seen on walls or windows of buildings where a light attracts insects. I wonder if that is the appeal of… Continue reading The Gray Treefrog
The long, buzzing, mechanical sound of a cicada is heard in Ontario towards the end of the summer, when it is most hot – those “Dog days of summer”. These are the Neotibicen (Tibicen) canicularis and are commonly known as dogday harvestfly or dog-day cicadas. Cicadas make the loudest sound of all insects. They sound like… Continue reading Dog Days Of Summer
Frequently the view we get of deer is their tail ends. However, recently they have shown their face and been a little less skittish. It would seem we have a family with two fawns around the cottage and they are feeling very much at home and not too concerned that we are around. Mother is… Continue reading The Tail End
How to store things at the cottage has been an ongoing dilemma that we have had. Regulations state that a shed has to be 100 feet from the waters edge, so how do you store all those life jackets, paddles etc. that we need every time we take out the boat? We have been storing… Continue reading Let’s Not Call It A Shed
Bees get lots of credit for pollinating and I love to watch them feeding on nectar. Their tongue is actually covered in long hairs and apparently it looks like a mop close up. The bee drinks by its mouthparts surrounding the tongue forming a sucking tube. It then stretches its tongue down through the tube… Continue reading Pollinators Hard At Work
I am noticing some other species of dragonflies that I haven’t seen before. However, trying to figure out which of the 130 species we have in Canada it is, is proving quite a challenge. I think this one is a female Green Darner. Its friend was different and has some stripes. I think this one… Continue reading The Fleeting Dragonfly