Royalty, Just Above the Mud

Yesterday I went to Medora Prairie, which is owned by The Nature Conservancy, in search of the magnificent regal fritillary,  Speyeria idalia.  I did find some, but most were where I had not expected to see them.  The limited access road just to the east of the prairie was clay saturated with water, making the walk in somewhat of an adventure.  A few regals were drinking nectar from the red sweet clover and getting water and minerals from the wet ground.

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The king of butterflies, attracted to the muck.

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Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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