Monthly Archives: September 2010

History of the Butterfly, Part 20: The Doctor is in.

Mahaska was not the star of the show.  That title would probably go to the man they called The Medicine Man or The Doctor, Senontiya.  When the group would stop and stay somewhere, The Doctor would always disappear.  He could usually … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 19: Mahaska goes to Europe

George Catlin partnered with P. T. Barnum to set up an Indian show in Europe.  It featured his paintings, some items that would be of interest to spectators (like weapons) and troops of Native American actors. The group of Ioways … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, part 18: Mahaska Goes to Europe

George Catlin was an American painter.  He painted scenes from the American west, and he specialized in paintings of Native Americans.  He started in about 1830.  By 1837 he was exhibiting the paintings in New York, and there he was … Continue reading

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Fungus on a log

I have been splitting some firewood for the winter.  As you might imagine, the wood is quite wet this year.  As I moved a log, I saw a little mist coming out from between the logs, just as the sun … Continue reading

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A Cool Looking Fly

I got this photograph of this interesting bee fly the other day.  I have not spent the time to identify it yet.  Maybe I will post it to bugguide.

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Ambush bugs

This is an ambush bug.  They are very common on flowers around our property.  Often I find them by their prey–usually butterflies that are unusually still.  These guys are responsible for the deaths of countless butterflies and bees.

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Silver-spotted skipper

We have had a rainy week.  On Wednesday the sun was out but it was pretty windy.  I got a picture of this battered silver-spotted skipper. Soon the butterflies will all be gone.

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Lots of Peck’s Skippers

For some reason this fall there have been lots of Peck’s skippers.  I have seen double-digit numbers a few times on the walks I do at lunch time.  There have been a number of other grass skippers as well, including fiery skippers, sachems, tawney edge skippers, and Delaware … Continue reading

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Monarchs Flying South

I got this photograph the other day of a Monarch flying.  They are migrating this time of year.  I just happened to like this image.

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History of the Butterfly, Part 17: Death of the White Cloud

The prisoner escaped from the territorial prison.  (Are we starting to see a trend here?)  That prisoner teamed up with another individual, and hunted down Mahaska.  He had been hunting and was camped along the Nodaway River.  Then they murdered him. … Continue reading

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