Today’s blog came from Hope Freeman, Discovery leader at Grundy Lake Provincial Park.
Gather round. I’ve got a creature of the night that is sure to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up…just in time for spooky season.
Picture this: you’re lakeside, with the sun just setting on the horizon. You catch a glimpse of something lurking in the shallow, weedy water below.
A drab aquatic insect appears with six long, jointed legs, each equipped with two claws.
Two large eyes and a jaw that covers most of the bottom part of the head…seemingly peering back at you.
Continue reading Dragonflies: the ultimate prehistoric predator
Today’s blog comes to us from Algonquin Provincial Park Naturalist Sarah Lamond.
Picture it: a warm July day at Algonquin.
You’re basking in the day’s rays and exploring an interpretive trail. It’s all picture perfect until you hear that telltale buzz and feel an all-too-familiar pain on your scalp. The Deer Flies have arrived. Swatting at the growing swarm, you look to the sky and wonder: will there be no relief?
And then they arrive. The prehistoric predator. The Deer Fly devourer. The people’s champion: dragonflies.
Continue reading The fascinating world of dragonflies and their importance to ecosystems
Today’s post comes to us from the Discovery Program staff at Charleston Lake Provincial Park.
Most summer visitors to the park will no doubt hear a loud buzzy “droning” sound, broadcasting from high up in the trees. The sound starts soft and gets louder, before tapering off. Some people say it sounds like a buzzing electric saw, with each burst lasting about 15 seconds.
Continue reading What’s that loud buzzing sound from up in the trees?
Today’s post comes from Jared Sanders, with information provided by Erin Postenka. They are both members of the Resource Management Team at Pinery Provincial Park.
In my youth, the sight of any yellow and black flying insect was terrifying to me.
Any child who has been stung quickly learns that bees and wasps are not to be messed with!
Continue reading All buzz, little to no bite