Category Archives: Summer

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Why an Iridescent Beetle?

On first glance, the Dogbane Leaf Beetle is a stunning metallic blue-green, that clearly stands out on the light-green Dogbane leaves it feeds on. However, when you look closer, you can see the highlights of […]

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Birch Leaf Miner

As a lapsed horticulturist, I am well aware of the leaf miners and the damage they can do to trees. I see the symptoms of them often on my nature wanderings or when working in the […]

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Intermediate Macro Photography Workshop

Coming this Saturday, July 4, 2015 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Ellis Bird Farm, the first Intermediate Macro Photography Workshop! This day-long workshop is aimed at photographers who have previously taken the […]

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Dogbane Leaf Beetle

This has got to be one of the shiniest leaf beetles in Canada and I was glad to come across them this hot summers’ day when I was feeling down and dispirited. As their name suggests, […]

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Clytus ruricola

  Said to be a wasp mimic, Clytus ruricola, the Round-necked Longhorn (Family Cerambycidae) is a wood-boring beetle whose larva feed mostly on maple. The adult is a pollen feeder and, in this case, is making […]

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Photography Workshops for Spring/Summer 2015

The photography workshop schedule for 2015. Please click the links for more details. June 13, Getting to know your Canon. Ellis Bird Farm. July 4, Intermediate Macro Photography. Ellis Bird Farm. July 7, Garden Photography at […]

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Bees and Baptisia

Another reliable plant in our front garden is the perennial Blue False Indigo, Baptisia australis, a member of the family Fabaceae (legumes) that contains other garden plants such as beans, sweet peas, lupines and the shrubby […]

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Martagon

One of the more successful plants in our garden are the white Martagon lilies we bought many years ago. They appreciate light shade and do well as a woodland plant. They will self-seed when happy with […]

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