North Point Butterflies, Toads and more - Page 5 of 8

Male Bronze Copper butterfly Lycaena hyllus nectaring on Mackenzie Water-Hemlock on 6 August. We reported them last year during our surveys at Longridge Point. This species is expanding north.


Bronze Copper underside on 5 August 2011


Caterpillar of Old World Swallowtail on Scotch Lovage on 31 July 2011 spotted by Mike McMurtry. Ross Layberry, one of the authors of The Butterflies of Canada confirmed its identity "It is an Old World Swallowtail, Papilio machaon hudsonianus. It is very rarely reported from Ontario, but has been recorded in the last few years on the Quebec side of James Bay, north of Chisasibi. The food plant is interesting, too; in the west the butterfly feeds on several other species of plants, and Scotch Lovage is better known as the foodplant of the Short-tailed Swallowtail, Papilio brevicaudal, our East Coast endemic."


Copulating Atlantis Fritillaries Speyeria atlantis on Fireweed on 3 August 2011. ID confirmed by Ross Layberry.


A single and two copulating Common Branded Skippers Hesperia comma on 6 August 2011


Six was the high count of Western Whites at North Point on 8 August. Photo by Barb Charlton at Little Piskwamish on 13 August.


The Hudson Bay Toad (Anaxyrus americanus copei) is so distinct. Each is differently coloured and patterned. 5 August 2011


Hudson Bay Toad on 2 August

Hudson Bay Toad on 1 August


Small coastal ponds had all dried up, killing adult and fry Three-spined Sticklebacks, a rare species in Ontario.

The Fox family that lived on the airstrip had several young. 19 July 2011.


The North Point camp skunk family had four young. One fell in an old well. To save it from drowning, we put in a wooden plank. 24 July.


Red-backed Vole at Little Piskwamish. This is a forest vole, whereas Meadow Vole is a field vole. Photo: Barb Charlton on 9 Aug 2011.


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