Garden critters – part 3 of a series

This to be read in conjunction with the two previous days postings.

Birds first . it is beginning to look as if we have a nest of Cedar Waxwings high up in the fir trees to the north side of the garden. Much juvenile twittering early afternoon and the appearance of a couple of adults at the pond trying to cool off. the foliage is too dense to see what is happening in the trees but all the indications are of a new family. Good news.

Now, three new critters for the garden critter-list; First, another very large dragonfly … not exactly sure what species, but am minded to put it down as being one of the several species of Climber Dragonfly (Tetragoneuria spp). They seem to be the insect equivalent of Empidinax flycatchers amongst the birds … ie: to quote the books, only a specialist can deteremine the species.

Somewhat more colourful was a beautiful moth of the Alypia octomaculata species (Eight-spotted Forester) – even if you can only see four spots here:

Finally, a prime example of Littleguy dumbus of which this is the sole known surviving example. Edward, aka Teddy aka (in Quebec) ‘ti gars … he is very handsome but not very bright.

This, however, being a collection of photographs from the garden, it is necessary to have a new plant on display as well.  Today’s selection is Anenome canadensis, which as the name says, is a native variety. It is also known as Round-leaf Thimbleweed but Canadian Anemone seems more appropriate.

If you are into plant lore, then you may wish to know that the root and leaves of this plant was one of the most highly esteemed medicines of the Omaha and Ponca Indians.It has anthelmithic properties but also (strange folk, our first nations people) the root was eaten to clear the throat so that a person could sing well.  No chance that I will be using it to improve my singing skills – happy just to grow it.

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