West Don Parkland, near Bathurst and Finch, has some very tangled and overgrown trails near the river.
Some of these go right through thriving poison ivy patches and I hope that the walkers who frequent the area know this!
There are also very park-like areas:
Every few years, we suffer from a major Gypsy Moth infestation and we are in one this summer. A single gypsy moth caterpillar can eat an average of one square metre of leaves:
Caterpillars emerge from pupae:
Even though females have wings, they do not fly. After mating, they begin to deposit eggs which last throughout the winter.
The quick-moving males were everywhere on this day but photographing them is next-to-impossible.
They have no digestive tract and and have no need to stop and eat during their week-or-so of life. This is why they seldom stop fluttering.
Thanks to Ken Sproule for grasshopper identification.
I came across this shrub which appeared to be a cherry:
A cherry with willow leaves? These galls are caused by insects or bacteria.
A moon-flooded prairie; a straying
Of leal-hearted lovers; a baying
Of far away watching dogs; a dreaming
Of brown-fisted farmers; a gleaming
Of fireflies eddying nigh, —
And that is July! – James N. Matthews (1852–1910)