Discover Dragonflies & Butterflies, June 23

  • Start date:
    June 23, 2018, 10:00 am
  • End date:
    June 23, 2018, 2:00 pm
  • Venue:
    High Lonesome Nature Reserve
  • Place:
    867 Carbine Rd.

This event is sponsored by Gilligallou Bird Inc., Eastern Ontario’s Backyard Birding Specialty Store. Just click on the logo to visit their website.

On Saturday, June 23rd, The Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust held the fourth in its Discover the Wild event series of field lectures for 2018. This series is part of our new Passport to Nature initiative created for those who want to explore the wild outdoors, experience new things and meet nice people.

Ken Allison examines a dragonfly

Local ecologist and nature enthusiast, Ken Allison led an intrepid group on a field visit at High Lonesome, MMLT’s flagship property near Pakenham to discover the secrets of dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies.  In spite of a sprinkle of rain, four species of damselflies, nine species of dragonflies and eight species of butterflies were identified, the most unusual insect being a Hallowe’en Pennant dragonfly. The group was delight to see several Monarch butterflies, a species at risk, in the front field where there are many milkweed plants.

An up-close look at the beautiful markings on a Northern Crescent butterfly

There are over 120 species of dragonflies (including damselflies) and over 100 species of butterflies in Eastern Ontario. Not all of these can find suitable habitats at High Lonesome, but many can. Dragonflies and damselflies are aquatic animals as nymphs, so they rely on wetlands for breeding. The several beaver ponds, marshes and swamps at High Lonesome provide for those dragonflies and damselflies that breed in still water which includes many beautiful and interesting species.

The intrepid group search the meadow for hidden jewels

High Lonesome is located at 867 Carbine Rd. in Pakenham.  Take County Road 29 to Pakenham Village, turn on Waba Road and continue west for 2.9 km.  Turn left on Barr Side Road and travel for 1.6 km.  Take the first left at Carbine Road and drive 4 km to 867 Carbine Road.