Good start to June - flowers, insects, and birds.

Came to school today to do some work.  Along the way, I saw this single yellow iris among the grasses next to the Otonabee River.  Strange place for a garden plant to be.

Yellow Iris
Very pretty nonetheless.

Canada Anemone (Anemone canadensis)
A simpler flower, but also pretty - Canada Anemone (Anemone canadensis).

Eastern Forktail (Ischnura verticalis) female

Eastern Forktail (Ischnura verticalis) female
Spotted several of these orange damselflies flying around.  I believe they are Eastern Forktail (Ischnura verticalis) immature females, because according to BugGuide - "Immature female thorax bright orange with black dorsal and shoulder stripes; abdomen orange at base and black above, with no blue or orange at tip; orange eyespots"

Glass Barrier
Lots of mayflies around - mostly dead by now.

Spotted this Syrphid fly Taxomerus geminatus.  It was identified based on this key (Margin of abdomen interrupted yellow and black; scutellum black with yellow margin, found in Ontario).

Seen many Eastern Kingbirds now, but this is my first photo of them this year.

Found this Tiger Moth (Apantesis sp.) dead on the ground.  It could either be a Harnessed Tiger Moth (A. phalerata) or Nais Tiger Moth (A. nais).

Yellow Lily
Planted yellow lilies.

On a side note, I will be assisting with a field course here at Trent on Ontario wildflowers in the coming weeks.  Tomorrow, I will be heading over to Carden Plains to check out some alvar flowers and scout sites for the course, as well as attending the Carden Nature Festival.  I am super excited because I am not been there since 2010.  So excited about it!

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