This week’s #SpeciesOfTheWeek is the Io Moth (Automeris io). This wide-ranging moth can be found from Costa Rica and up the eastern seaboard to southern Quebec. They are generalists that can adapt to a wide variety of habitats, including deciduous woodlands, meadows, forests, orchards, parks, and backyards. At Murphys Point, these moths typically emerge from their cocoons during June, with a bit of overlap into May and July. Adults live for 2 weeks and during this time, they look for mates and lay their eggs on host plants. Once hatched, the larvae eat continuously for a period of four weeks before pupating. The cocoons take 7-10 days to solidify, after which the pupae may emerge as fully-grown adults after a few weeks or, as is typical in northern latitudes such as Ontario, go into diapause for the winter. Adults vary in size, with a wingspan of 5-9 cm. These fascinating moths are known for eyespots on their hindwings. Whenever the moth feels threatened, they open their wings to reveal these eye spots – quite the deterrent to potential predators!
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MINE TOURS AND OTHER PROGRAMSYes…there will be Silver Queen Mine Tours this summer!The park is planning to have guided tours on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10am. Sundays will feature the regular Open House at the mine (10am to noon). The first tour will be Canada Day (July 1).Registration for all guided tours will open Monday, June 27. Space is limited so you must pre-register at the gatehouse or call 613-267-5060. Registration is not required for the open houses.ALSO!Evening Programs will be Saturday nights, starting in July. The time will change based on our daylight hours.Snake Talks will be every day at 2pm outside the visitor centre, starting Canada Day.Exploration stations, prop tables, and Kids programs will be advertised the week of on our program boards.Stay tuned for a great summer!
For the latest information on COVID-19 precautions and available amenities at Murphys Point (services, facilities, attractions) during the 2022 season, be sure to check https://www.ontarioparks.com/park/murphyspoint.
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