Thursday, 12 June 2014

Just when I thought...

Iridescent blue underneath!
...I'd documented all the critters out and about, I discover a new one.

Yellow head
Ctenucha virginia [CHEN-OO-CHA]
Iridescent blue - which warns predators about its bad taste! My Bugs of Ontario book tells me that this type of blue warning system is unusual this far north.

Virginia Ctenucha from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
I was out getting a video of the firefly when I spotted this lovely moth.

Of course, I have no photos of the fireflies, but I managed a video last night. Don't blink, though!
Firefly from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
About to turn in for the night, I spotted a Firefly in the front garden. I risked the bugs to capture a view.
In the meantime, Phoebe is still feeding 5 babies, and the bugs are quite numerous, flitting about in front of the camera!

Phoebe from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
Bless their little Phoebe hearts! It's a bad year for bugs. They have 5 babies, all happily thriving in the shed, despite 4 cats.


Powell River Books said...

We have a bumper crop of bugs and the swallows are mowing down as many as they can. We can also hear the bats at work at night, but I don't think they've moved into our roof this year. Not a bad thing. They can make a lot of noise coming home early. - Margy

Kay said...

Interesting insects, Jenn. When we were in Bangladesh, we ended up taking more photos of insects than Bengal tigers since there weren't any tigers around. There are always insects.

William Kendall said...

Fascinating insects!

eileeninmd said...

Cool looking insect...The blue color is pretty. We use to see tons of fireflies years ago, there are not nearly as much now.. :(

Have a great evening.

Hilary said...

You have a keen eye for nature. Very cool!

Christine said...

Neat that you captured the firefly!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
(blogger hiccups so if this is second please feel free to delete)

I was admiring the firefly in particular... wonderful stuff. YAM xx