Monthly Archives: March 2012

The Lilacs are Blooming

The lilacs are blooming.  They are not as far along as they were when I took this photo on May 2, 2010.  However, I would bet they are less than a week away from this stage now.  That would put … Continue reading

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Apple Blossoms

The apple tree is blooming, and with it come a lot of insects.  I lost both of my beehives over the winter, and have not seen any honeybees.  I have seen some other bees, however, and a number of other … Continue reading

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First Butterfly Photographs of the Year

This has been an unusually warm year.  Flowers are blooming about three weeks ahead of schedule, and the butterflies are early as well.  As of today I have seen nine butterflies and four species. I was able to photograph the … Continue reading

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The Fourth Annual Day of Insects

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the fourth annual Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens at the Iowa State University campus in Ames, Iowa today. This is an event for people who are interested in insects to … Continue reading

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Spring Happenings

It rained fairly hard in parts of yesterday and today.  You can smell the earthworms–the boy-girl earthworms crawl out of their underground homes to meet up with other boy-girls (or is it girl-boys?) At the forsythia bush, during a light … Continue reading

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Sometimes You Get Lucky

We had some thunderstorms today–warm, summer-like rains.  I went outside shortly after one of the showers and looked for insects on the side of a locust tree trunk.  This tree has some great lichens which I knew would look spectular … Continue reading

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More Flowers

The forsythia is starting to bloom. 

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Another Critter in the Grass

I think this is a sawfly.  Not sure though.  There are a lot of species of sawflies and I don’t really know them well.  

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Spiders on the Loose

In the leaf litter of my yard are a large number of juvenile spiders.  They all seem to be the same species, but I don’t know the name.  The hardest part about photographing them seemed to be that they would … Continue reading

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More Summer-Like Weather

We are having very warm weather still.  Here is a photo I took a couple of days ago.  I was surprised by the number and diversity of very small insects flying around.  Are they present in the summer, and do I … Continue reading

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