Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 07/03/2015

Photo taken on June 30, 2015

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Anne Elliott
NW of Calgary
Ctenucha virginica
Virginia Ctenucha
Judy Osborne's property
N of Sundre
30 June 2015
James River
dried stem

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Virginia Ctenucha / Ctenucha virginica

Virginia Ctenucha / Ctenucha virginica
During a day of botanizing three days ago, 30 June 2015, at the property belonging to Judy Osborne - James River, N. of Sundre - I happened to notice this rather fine Virginia Ctenucha moth. Love those beautiful, feathery antennae, the iridescent turquoise, and the tiny splash of bright orange.

Just three of us went with Judy to visit her cabin (or, as she describes it, her "shack") and the surrounding forest and river. What a beautiful property she has - 100 acres of forest, meadow, and river valley. We so appreciate her having us there to record all the plants, insects, birds, etc. that we could find. I've never seen so many beautiful wild Roses! She also has a Great Gray Owl, but there was no sign of it while we were there.

We are always happy to visit someone's land and compile a very detailed list of our findings for them. It's always a win/win situation - we enjoy what we are doing and love to explore a new location, and the owner ends up with a record of what was found on their property.

Judy very generously provided a delicious lunch for us, too, which we ate out on the deck, surrounded by busy little Pine Siskins visiting her bird feeder. Thanks so much for this absolute treat, Judy, and for driving the three of us out there from our meeting place in the city.

We were so lucky with the weather, enjoying a day of sunshine. How things changed when we got back to Calgary. Our meeting place was near Chinook Mall and to drive home, I had to drive through flash flooding!! I don't remember ever having to drive through water like that! What a storm this part of the city must have had while we were way NW of Calgary!