Syrphid Fly on True Forget-Me-Not wildflowers
This syrphid fly, a bee mimic, is hard at work on wildflowers (True Forget-Me-Not) in southern Ontario.
Bumblebee on wildflowers (1)
A bumblebee busy at work on an Ontario wildflower.
Bumblebee on wildflowers (2)
A bumblebee busy collecting nectar from an Ontario wildflower.
Honey bee collecting pollen (1)
Honey bee collecting pollen (2)
Honey bee in flight
This bee has just alighted from a flower after collecting pollen. The pollen grains are clearly visible on its head.
Monarch Butterfly photographed in the Rouge National Urban Park.
Black Swallowtail Butterfly
One of the more common butterflies found in southern Ontario, Canada. Photographed in the Rouge National Urban Park.
Northern Pearly-Eye Butterfly
A Northern Pearly-Eye Butterfly photographed in the Rouge National Urban Park, Canada.
The Painted Turtle is one of the most common turtles in North America. This one is enjoying the spring sunshine at a pond in Markham, Ontario.
These two Painted Turtles seem to prescribe to the notion that there is safety in numbers!
Need a wash?
This turtle seems desperately in need of a wash judging by the condition of its shell, which may also need some touching up!
This Painted Turtle seems to be trying to balance itself on the surface of this rock while enjoying the midday sun.
Full moon emerging from cloud cover
The full moon emerges from a thin veil of clouds.
Painted turtle portrait
Here we can see the vivid coloration responsible for giving this turtle its common name.
Another busy day
This Painted Turtle seems to be lazily glancing my way as if to question the intrusion into its work...
Painted turtle profile
Here we can also admire this turtle's beautiful coloration.
Hmmm....maybe I need a bigger rock like those other guys!
This poor little fellow seems to have been edged out of occupying
larger real estate by his other neighbors on the pond.