Sunday, June 29, 2014

Boisé du parc Marcel-Laurin - Marcel-Laurin woodland park

There is a small woodland park in my hometown of Saint-Laurent (part of Montreal) which I have been visiting for over 40 years.  Back in the 70s, the stream that runs through the park was more vigorous and supported a wide variety of wildlife.  I often saw Green Herons and Muskrats and once had my first (and only) sighting of a Weasel.  It was my oasis and I would ride my bike to it every chance I got.
As time went by, its size diminished in the wake of development but in the last few years its remaining 15.4 hectares have been officially protected thanks to our visionary mayor.

I have been exploring it with my camera in hand every chance that I get and have found it to be a treasure trove of flora and fauna.  I thought I would share some of the wonders that I have found.  All the following photographs were taken within the park or on its periphery.

Stinkhorn fungus - Mutinus ravenelii

Nodding Trillium - Trillium cernuum

Lemon Drops - Bisporella citrina

Blue Flag Iris - Iris versicolor

Morel Mushroom

Jewelweed - Impatiens capensis 

Meadow Vole - Microtus pennsylvanicus

Striped Skunk - Mephitis mephitis

Groundhog - Marmota monax

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit - Sylvilagus floridanus 

Black-capped Chickadee - Poecile atricapillus

Black-throated Green Warbler - Setophaga virens

Hairy Woodpecker - Picoides villosus 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet - Regulus calendula

European Common Blue - Polyommatus icarus (male)

European Common Blue - Polyommatus icarus (female)

Small Cabbage White - Pieris rapae 

Striped Hairstreak - Satyrium liparops

Common Ringlet - Coenonympha tullia

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Papilio glaucus

Black Swallowtail - Papilio polyxenes

Question Mark - Polygonia interrogationis

Crab Spider

Jumping Spider

Argiope Spider

Four-spotted Skimmer Dragonfly - Libellula quadrimaculata

Black Saddlebags Dragonfly - Tramea lacerata

Darner Dragonfly

Virginia Ctenucha Moth - Ctenucha virginica

Voluble Dart Moth - Agrotis volubilis

Sweetheart Underwing Moth - Catocala amatrix

European Yellow Underwing Moth - Noctua pronuba

Oblique-banded Leafroller Moth - Choristoneura rosaceana

Celery Looper Moth - Anagrapha falcifera

Soft-lined Wave Moth - Scopula inductata

Elegant Grass-Veneer Moth - Microcrambus elegans

Snowberry Clearwing Moth Caterpillar - Hemaris diffinis

Goldenrod Hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillar - Cucullia asteroides 

Brown-hooded Owlet Moth Caterpillar - Cucullia convexipennis

Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar -  Halysidota tessellaris

Praying Mantis

Black-horned Tree Cricket - Oecanthus nigricornis

Steel Blue Cricket Hunter

Ichneumon Wasp

Parent Bug - with babies

Ambush Bug

Cicada in process of metamorphosis

There is one last photograph that I would like to use in closing.  This naturally produced symbol was found along one of the trails in the park.  

May there continue to be peace in this park and all urban parks ...