Carden Alvar Nature Board by Bob BowlesButterfly Diversity

It was difficult to know what to focus on this Wed. morning along Wylie Rd. There were many birds & birdsong particularly earlier in the morning before the severe heat came on. The flower display was awesome: Prairie Smoke was smoking (in fruit), the alvars were ablaze with the scarlet of Indian Paintbrush, large areas were yellow with Balsam Ragwort. The creatures that seem to revel in the sun and heat are the butterflies and I tallied 14 species this morning: Northern Cloudywing, Tawny-edged Skipper, Hobomok Skipper, Canadian Tiger Swallowtail (very common), Orange Sulphur, Spring Azure, Silvery Blue, Question Mark, Eastern Comma, Mourning Cloak, Red Admiral, Viceroy,Little Wood Satyr, Common Ringlet. Not wanting to be outdone by butterflies, dragonflies were swiftly patrolling with Common Baskettails common. Nature is a delight and I enjoyed it all!

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