Monarch Butterfly larvae at Tommy Thompson Park

Monarch Butterfly larvae at Tommy Thompson Park

monarch butterfly larvae at tommy thompson park - toronto

On a nice outing to Tommy Thompson Park in Toronto, Ontario, we finally succeeded in locating some of this year’s crop of Monarch Butterfly larvae …ten in fact.  We were ecstatic. Read more

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Monarch Butterflies Mating At Lower Reesor Pond In Toronto

Monarch Butterflies Mating At Lower Reesor Pond In Toronto

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What a sad summer it was here in Toronto, Ontario in 2014, because Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus) were conspicuous by their absence.  Bob and I had been monitoring sightings posted by nature lovers on Facebook, and websites such as The Insects and Arachnids of Ontario, The Weather Network, and Butterflies and Moths of North America.  We were not the only people discouraged by the poor showing of these beautiful insects so far this year. Read more

Clouded Sulphur Butterfly at Lynde Shores Conservation Area



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Clouded Sulphur Butterfly at Lynde Shores Conservation Area

clouded sulpher butterfly, sits on flower and collects nectar, Lynde Shores Conservation Area, whitby, ontario

It was rather late in the fall when Bob and I went for a walk at Lynde Shores Conservation Area in Whitby, but glorious sunshine made for an unseasonably warm day.  It was no surprise, then, to find numerous butterflies visiting the remaining wildflowers in the meadows within sight of Lake Ontario, butterflies such as this Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice). Read more

Types of Butterflies We Have Sighted Around The World

Types of Butterflies We Have Sighted Around The World

Giant Swallowtail butterflies on butterfly bush, toronto, ontario

Years ago, I planted a Butterfly Bush (Buddleia) in my front garden in the hopes of attracting butterflies to my property.  I never imagined that one day I would be seeing, not one, but two Giant Swallowtail Butterflies (Papilio cresphontes) cavorting amongst the branches of the plant. Read more

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