Skimmers, Crescents, Ringlets, Duskywings and Others at Happy Valley Forest: June 2020

The Goldie Feldman Nature Reserve is located in Happy Valley Forest on the Oak Ridges Moraine. It features a 2.5 kms nature trail that travels through ravines, ridges, old fields and wooded wetland habitats.

Those old fields are home to a splendid variety of of moths, butterflies, skimmers and other flying life. Thanks to Ken Sproule for his invaluable aid in identification!

Widow Skimmer
Widow Skimmer
Widow Skimmer
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Pearl Crescent (or Northern Crescent)
Pearl Crescent (or Northern Crescent)
Pearl Crescent (or Northern Crescent)
Pearl Crescent (or Northern Crescent)
Pearl Crescent (or Northern Crescent)
Common Ringlet
Common Ringlet
Common Ringlet
Common Ringlet
Duskywing
Duskywing
Morbid Owlet
Spotted Thyris
Spotted Thyris

Some botany:

Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus cornicualtus)
Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)
Chickweed (Cerastium)
Rust Fungus on Blackberry
Blackberry (Rubus)
Blackberry (Rubus)
Partridge-berry (Mitchella repens)
Marsh Fern
Cinnamon Fern
Intermediate Wood Fern
Sensitive Fern
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Pyrola (Pyrola elliptica
Pyrola (Pyrola elliptica
May-apple seed
Sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicauluis)
Orange Hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum)
Yellow Hawkweed (Hieracium caespitosum)
Yellow Hawkweed (Hieracium caespitosum)
Alternate-leaved Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
Summer Grape (Vitis aestivalis)
Summer Grape (Vitis aestivalis)
Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Prickly Gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)
Round-lobed Hepatica (Hepatica americana)
Wild-basil (Clinopodium vulgare)
Bush-honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)
Common Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)
Goat’s-beard (Tragopogon)
Canada Bluegrass (Poa compressa)
Brome Grass (Bromus inermis)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Rough-fruited Cinquefoil (Potentilla recta)
Field Bindweed (Convulvulus arvensis)
Hoary Alyssum (Berteroa incana)
Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

NATURE POETRY

Paula is digging and shaping the loam of a salvia,
Scarlet Chinese talker of summer.
Two petals of crabapple blossom blow fallen in Paula’s hair
And fluff of white from a cottonwood.     – Carl Sandburg (1878–1902)

Miles Hearn

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