A Bug’s Life

Even though the photos in this post were taken at the same time as the previous post I wanted to separate them from each other. After the discovery of which flower the nutlets belonged to, I continued my walk over to the high school field. Behind the school, on the edges of the meadow, I found this bug resting on a leaf.

Beetle

Beetle

I have scoured my books and the internet but I have not been able to find its name. There are so many different types of insects, millions of them In fact, that I am having no luck finding out what it is.

I did, however, figure out what these little insects were.

Clover Seed Weevils

Clover Seed Weevils

They’re called weevils. And this pair was a little busy making some mini versions of themselves so I moved on.

On one side of the high school track, is a lone tree with silver leaves. There are more trees like it on the other side of the track but this one sits alone amidst some apple trees.

Sliverberry

Silverberry

This late in spring the tree is covered in yellow blooms and walking past you can’t help but notice how strong their scent is. The yellow colour amongst the silver leaves makes the tree pop out from the rest that you can’t help noticing it when you walk by. It’s one of my favourite trees.

I Finally Found It!

You’re probably wondering what I found, aren’t you? Or maybe you remember that all spring I’ve been trying to figure out what the heck these were?

Funky Seed Pod

Funky Seed Pod

Well, today I have finally figured it out. This flower, right here, is the culprit.

Common Hounds Tongue

Common Hounds Tongue

I have posted this flower recently but I didn’t look more closely at it at the time. But today, I found this:

The Nutlets

The Nutlets

Yes! I have finally figured out that these little nodules/seed pods are called nutlets and that they belong to the Common Hounds Tongue flower. It took months of searching to figure out what these puppies were but I found it!

I’m so excited! The mystery is solved. I can now move on…or maybe I’ll just take more photo cause they are pretty cool looking.

White Blooms

Today, I’m not in my neighbourhood. I have ventured out further to the Humber River Recreational Trail. I safely met up with a my friend Nigel to take a walk and maybe get a few photos along the way.

Dirt Splattered

Dirt Splattered

It was nice to get out and spend some time with my friend. It’s been hard being in lockdown and I’ve been grateful that I have been able to get out even if its been only a few blocks from my home at most. Getting out to a larger trail was tricky as we had to be cognizant of others but the trail is wide enough for us to keep our distance from others trying to enjoy the trail as well.

Perfect Bloom

Perfect Bloom

I didn’t have too many photos along the trail as we were busy catching up.

I hope you have all been continuing to stay safe and sane during this time. 

The Dog Rose

I came across something new on my walk today. A very large bush is growing along the edge of the creek just behind my old elementary school. It’s currently covered in beautiful white flowers. 

Dog Rose

Dog Rose

The bush is called a Dog Rose and it has a bit of a rich history. It’s roots, leaves, blooms and hips were once used in various prescriptions dating back to the time of Hippocrates. The British, in WWII, used the Dog Rose hips to help with vitamin C deficiency since they couldn’t import citrus fruits during that time. And now rose hips are being used in diuretics and laxatives.

Not too far away from these white blooms is another Dog Rose bush but with a very different colour.

Redleaf Rose

Dark Pink Dog Rose

Continuing my walk to the other side of the creek I found my yellow fluttering friends – the swallowtails. 

Swallowtail Feeding

Swallowtail Feeding

They were less cooperative today but I was still able to get a quick shot of one of them feeding on the dame’s rocket before I headed home.

Pretty in Pink

Just before I headed out on my neighbourhood walk I stopped in for a look at my parent’s garden. A flash of pink caught my eye.  The chives are blooming this lovely purple-pink shade so I grabbed a few shots before I left.

Chives

Chives

On my walk the first thing I spot on the creek path is two swallowtail butterflies. They are moving from flower to flower so its a little hard to catch a photo of them. One finally decided the flower it landed on was worthwhile to stay on so I quickly shot a few photos. I was able to get a great shot before it flew away out of reach.

Swallowtail

Swallowtail

In the meadow by the high school I found a few white clovers. To get a good vantage point I had to get down low to get the photo  I wanted. That meant I had to lie on my belly looking like some weirdo but luckily there was no one else around to see it.

White Clover

White Clover

Not that it would have mattered. I would have done it anyway. What do you do to get the photo you envision in your head?