I went to Waubonsie State Park yesterday, taking pictures of the small wildlife. Waubonsie State Park is a very diverse natural area in Iowa. Prairies, woodlands, and loess hills are all part of the park.
Red-spotted purples are fairly common in Iowa, but this was the first one I have seen this year.
This small robber fly was along one of the paths. Aside from the fact that it is a robber fly I know nothing about it.
I saw a small wasp enter this hole in the sand on several occasions. She would go in head first, and back out tail first. She move rapidly and was difficult to photograph.
Ironweed is a tall plant with a characteristic purple flower. I have seen it often, and the flowers always seem to bare of butterflies, while they look like they should be very attractive to them. Yesterday, I saw a few ironweed plants and they were full of butterflies, including this painted lady.
This silvery checkerspot was a first of the year for me as well.
Giant swallowtails are our largest butterfly. This seemed to be a female, sipping nectar from the flower, while a male flew behind her, trying to get her attention.
When they flew away from the flower, I could hear their wings hitting each other above me.
Beautiful weather, lots of butterflies, lots of other critters. It was a great way to relax and find my center.