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02-01-2020, 12:04 AM - 3 Likes   #571
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original was overexposed by quite a bit.
did whatever i could to try "save" it.
Unable to do much as it is a jpeg.
Heavily cropped.

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The last few days we've seen thousands of these migrating white veined winged beauties.
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RIP Homero Gómez González

I saw this report yesterday...

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Homero Gómez González went missing on January 13. On Wednesday, the fear of many was confirmed. Gómez’s body was found in a well near the Rosario monarch butterfly sanctuary where he worked, in Michocán, Mexico. He was 50 years old.

“This is a very regrettable act, very painful,” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said at a press conference on Thursday. “It’s part of what makes us apply ourselves more to guarantee peace and tranquility in the country.”
For the last decade, Gómez devoted his life to protecting the animal his grandfather once told him carried the souls of their ancestors. Gómez, who grew up in El Rosario had a connection to the beautiful, brittle creatures. “They are girlfriends of the sun and the souls of the dead. Simply the patrimony of humanity,” he said in one of his last videos.

Though he loved butterflies and the trees that housed them, Gómez grew up selling wood as a means of survival. In the early 2000s, when deforestation became an issue locally, Gómez stopped and convinced many others to as well. He would later go on to become Rosario’s mayor. Logging is now entirely illegal in the area.
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Homero Gómez González (1969/1970 – January 2020) was a Mexican environmental activist, agricultural engineer, and politician. He was the manager of El Rosario Monarch Butterfly Preserve, a component of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. (Wikipedia)
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I love butterflies, so reading this made me sad. I thought back to one evening a couple years ago when I observed a beautiful monarch settle down in my yard to sleep for the night...




And the next morning, it was still there. I watched and photographed as it woke up. Unfortunately, I had an appointment that morning and could only stay for a few minutes.

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The Trout Lillies are blooming and the Swallowtails are pigging out.
I always wondered what pollinated Trout Lillies











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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
The Trout Lillies are blooming and the Swallowtails are pigging out.
I always wondered what pollinated Trout Lillies
Is that Clintonia borealis? I ask because around here the name Trout Lily refers to a different genus (Erythronium).
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Is that Clintonia borealis? I ask because around here the name Trout Lily refers to a different genus (Erythronium).
According to the Algonquin Park plant guide book the name of our Trout Lilly is Erythronium Americanum

It is on the front cover of the guide, with some colonies being 200-300 years old with the same genetic plants.

Yours is probably the Dimpled Trout Lilly, Erythronium umbilicatum


Erythronium umbilicatum - Wikipedia

Erythronium - Wikipedia


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Saw a little moth (I think) fluttering around very close to the road this morning on my daily walk. It was a soft brown on the outside of the wings and a lovely soft blue on the inside of the wings, or maybe I've got that reversed. Beautiful little thing. I don't have a clue as to what it was, first time I've seen one in all my long years. I live on the Canadian prairies, will have to look it up.
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Yours is probably the Dimpled Trout Lilly, Erythronium umbilicatum
E. americanum looks much the same as E. umbilicatum. I think your more recent set is Clinton's Lily (Clintonia), which typically bloom later than Erythronium.
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Careful examination suggest your right about this. The clincher being the blue beads which are pretty common with ours and are found on our property, and the spots on the AP guidebook Trout Lillies in the AP guidebook. Weird that the park guide book doesn't mention Clintonia borealis.

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heavily cropped.
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I reckon this'll be lepidoptera of some sort, but I don't recognize it.

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"People, safe distancing please".

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I've been shooting focus stacked composites of insect parts this year. Here's a small set I did of a fairly nondescript little grey moth.



Moth antenna, top above, underside below.




A look at its scales. Please pardon the artifacts.


Here's its eye.

And finally a reference photo I took after shooting the stacks. It's not pretty but it gives an idea of what you're looking at. The species is Hyppa xylinoides, or one very closely related to it.
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