One of the highlights for me was stumbling across my first Duke's Skipper. This is a rare species in Ontario, only occurring in a few locations in the extreme southwest of the province. They prefer field edges near freshwater swamps and I was walking through such habitat when a skipper alighted on some sedges beside the path. This species is distinguished from the similar Dion Skipper by the obvious yellow rays on the hindwing extending all the way to the margin of the wing. Unfortunately I had the settings on my camera a little off and ended up underexposing the photos, forcing me to heavily edit them in Photoshop.
It was about an hour later that Steve Pike yelled out he had a hairstreak. It ended up being a very worn Coral Hairstreak; my first ever.
Nearby was this damselfly. I still don't have a damselfly field guide and I'm too lazy to look it up on the Interwebs, so I'll leave it unidentified for now.
That afternoon, Steve and I went for a hike around the Springgarden ANSI in west Windsor to look for butterflies. Hairstreaks were abundant on the various prairie wildflowers and it was apparent that Edward's Hairstreaks had emerged a week or two ago in large numbers. They were everywhere it seemed! This also happened to be a new species for me.
And a few more assorted odds and ends to finish up this post....