What a magical time of year it is. We have slid gently from the delightful, constant rainy, soggy season into the stimulating eat-you-alive black fly season.
In an effort to combat the latter I have resorted to wearing some very fetching head gear when I travel into bug front lines.
Not everyone can wear mosquito netting and still look this sexy tramping around in the muck looking for Spring Peepers.
Amy-Lynn and I went to a pretty spot near the Shearwater Flyer Trail which is a part of the Trans Canada Trail system.
|Amy-Lynn catches tadpoles.|
It quite soggy there. Prime bug breeding grounds.
|Water pours into my boot print.|
|Click for a better view of the sticky droplets.|
Turns out I was half right. It wasn't a Venus Fly Trap, but it was a carnivorous plant. Thanks to Mr. Google I now know that sundew plants are common across Canada, which surprises me as I've never seen them before. The leaves are covered in red hair-like tentacles each of which produces a clear, sweet, sticky droplet which contains digestive enzymes. When an insect lands on a sun dew, the tentacles contract, trapping it against the leaf. The enzymes digest the unfortunate insect and the leaf absorbs the nutrients. Yum.
I want to go back again to see if we can find any salamander eggs or fry. In the mean time we are happy with the results of our tadpole hunt.