Monthly Archives: January 2011

History of the Butterfly, Part 67: The Battle of Campbell’s Island

Another one of Black Hawk’s battles is detailed in a short book called The Battle of Campbell’s Island, by William A. Meese. The author mentioned earlier in the book the Prairie du Chien at the time had about 100 families … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 66: The Fall of Fort Madison

The Native American groups, including Black Hawk, laid siege to Fort Madison for a number of weeks.  At some point while the siege continued Black Hawk left for a while.  After a number of weeks of being under a fairly … Continue reading

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Hula-hoop control

Well, I guess all I got was sponsored links.  I was hoping for some kind of ad that generated some kind of automatic text.  Still, it is interesting what links showed up. The conversation started about dragonflies.  There were some … Continue reading

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Will Terminix Control my Hula-Hoops?

There was a posting on the Iowa Insect list serve that gave a link to a web site with a sales pitch from Terminix to control dragonflies.  Turns out it wasn’t from Terminix, but it came from a company they … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 65: Black Hawk, Fort Madison, and the Shawnee Prophet

More from the Autobiography of Black Hawk (Jackson, 1955) “Soon after our return from fort Madison, runners came to our village from the Shawnee Prophet, (whilst others were dispatched by him to the villages of the Winnebagoes, with invitations for … Continue reading

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More on Butterflies

It seems to me that we separate ourselves from nature.  We live in climate-controlled houses that protect us from heat, cold, rain, and wind.  The air in our houses is conditioned and filtered, which keeps out bugs. Those of us … Continue reading

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Butterfly Survey NA, BITD, TWB FAQs*

1.  I can’t identify many butterflies.  Can I still do the surveys?  Yes—you will need to learn to identify the common butterflies around you, but nothing says you can’t start before you know them all.  How else will you learn? … Continue reading

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How (and why) to conduct butterfly surveys

Part of my approach to the sport of butterflying is doing butterfly surveys.  Sounds scientific, doesn’t it?  Well, it is.  But that doesn’t make it boring.  And maybe it is just an excuse to get outside more often. What I … Continue reading

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The Sport of Butterflying

The middle of winter is not the time to participate, but it is the time to talk about it. I love the sport of butterflying.   I am not sure that is the way to spell it, but it is a … Continue reading

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Another landscape photo

Here is another decade old landscape photo, taken near Barnes City, Iowa. I did not use filters and did not tweak the colors.  It’s all about waiting for the light.

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