Northern Paper Wasps near Highland Creek: September 2020

Northern Paper Wasps live mainly on plant nectar but also feed on caterpillars and small insects.

Northern Paper Wasp

These wasps are found from southern Canada to Central America.

 The species commonly inhabits woodlands, savannas and built wooden environments.

Northern Paper Wasp
Aerial Yellowjacket and snail

Females have a venomous sting, males do not.

Northern Paper Wasp

It is difficult to believe from the current tranquil settings at Highland Creek that much mill activity was once present.

Kingston Road

Some botany:

Forget-me-not (Myosotis)
Barnyard Grass (Echinochloa crusgalli)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Ash-leaved Spirea (Sorbaria sorbifiolia)
Evening-primrose (Oenothera)
Canada Wild Rye (Elymus canadensis)
Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
Spotted Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis)
Norway Spruce (Picea abies)
Virginia Creeper (Parthenocissus inserta)
Crown Vetch (Securigera varia)
Crown Vetch (Securigera varia)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Privet (Ligustrum obtusifolium)
Cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium)
Pinkweed (Persicaria pensylvanica)
Giant Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)
Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Calico Aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)
Agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepela)

Other life:

Japanese Beetle on Honeysuckle
Aerial Yellowjacket
Northern Crescent Butterfly with torn wing

Thanks to ken Sproule for assistance in insect identification.

Brown-lipped Snail
Painted Turtle
Cabbage White Butterfly


Shine on, O moon of summer.
Shine to the leaves of grass, catalpa and oak,
All silver under your rain to-night.                     – Carl Sandburg (1878–1967) 

Miles Hearn

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