Tuesday, May 28, 2013

i need a butterfly blog

A friend is willing to make a website for me, for 600 dollars, i don't know, a website would make all i collect more organized. But then there is monthly cost. i do not like monthly bills. Blogging is free, as i do have a monthly payment for Internet.
Anyway here another butterfly of the yukon woods
a Silvery Blue

And all insects, flowers, birds, everybody is very happy, as summer came a week early after that long winter spring.

a moose of the past

seen through a crack in the ice, a few weeks ago, the ice is still on the big lakes, as today was the 3 th day in the plus 20-ies, i think it will be candling soon.

Monday, May 27, 2013


 Spring White
Pontia sisymbrii

  a little moth?
always so much to learn.
Yesterday i saw a few tiny lepidoptera ( butterflies and moths)
the size of my fingernail.

Today i was accompanied for an hour, walking the sandy banks of Stony creek, by at least a dozen Spring Whites, a real butterfly, and 3x the size of the others.
 3 to  4 cm wingspan.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

mysteries on wings

a  butterfly 
a moth
probably 1 cm wingspan

Saturday, May 18, 2013


This website has a little blurb about collecting butterflies.
i know, it's just
I do know that butterfly collectors like hunters have a love for nature, which to me is a good thing, i do believe they are part of what i call 'keepers of wild places'.

Yet i want to state here, i am against butterfly collecting, to me no argument really holds. ( I was actually appalled that it still exist, and more appalled that so many of the same species are taken.)

Yes, i went to part of a butterfly talk in Whitehorse, and i liked it i learned a lot. Thank you.

I learned, Butterflies aren't really threatened by this cold weather.  As for this Mourning Cloak  ( a hibernator)  which i have not seen this year ( some people claim they have) but apparently they will just sleep a little longer and come out when it is finally warm enough for them.( when will that be? we are still in suspended animation here this year)

I learned, Certain Parnassias, that i have never seen yet,  have as host plant  Stonecrop and Roseroot, ( Stonecrop is quite common  on the hills around here.)
Another Parnassia in the high alpine has as host plant the Corydalis pauciflora ( excuse my spelling)
Now i like that! because that is also a Corydalis that i have never met.

Here a little of my own observations
In my yard ( which has lots of poplars, one of the host plant for the Mourning Cloak)
the first Mourning Cloak was spotted
1998 April16
1999 April17
2000 April 21
2005 April 22
2009 April 25
2010 April 16
2011 April 23

in years not recorded, i might not have seen any or just not recorded the event.

Monday, May 13, 2013

green buds

on the birch tree in the garden.

Monday, May 6, 2013

evening light

I tweaked it a bit, but that's how it looked in the evening light
There were 17 Green-winged Teals in Kip's pond and a pair of Mallards
Saturday lots of snow turned into water