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About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.

The Coolest Fly Ever!

Today I did a little bit of walking around with my camera, and came across what is probably my favorite fly.  These flies are pretty impressive. Mydas flies are huge.  This one is probably Mydas tibialis, the golden-legged mydas fly. For … Continue reading

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More Bugs

I spent a little bit of time yesterday at Big Creek State Park. This is a sand wasp, a Bembix species.  This was a very noisy, active wasp.  It was hard to photograph because it was so active. Another wasp–smaller, not … Continue reading

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Two Bees or Not Two Bees

I made a brief stop in the I-35 Huxley-Slater interchange today to see what insects were flying. This bee, probably a leaf cutter bee, was on purple coneflower. Wild bergamot also had an insect visitor.  I am pretty sure it … Continue reading

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A Nice Summer Day

We had a really nice day today–warm but not too hot.  I took advantage and visited Big Creek Park near one of the backwater areas.  Swamp milkweed was in bloom and attracting lots of visitors. This unusual fly is common … Continue reading

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Butterflies of the Interstate

In Iowa we have had some long-term efforts to manage roadsides with native prairie plants.  The Tallgrass Prairie Center at the University of Northern Iowa has been a leader in the effort. So if you go to the Huxley-Slater interchange … Continue reading

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Another Attempt to find the Poweshiek Skipper

Oarisma poweshiek is a small butterfly that was discovered and first described from Grinnell, Iowa in 1870.  When the prairies were here it was probably quite common, although it only flies as an adult for about a week or two.  … Continue reading

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A Really Short Parade

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Unintended Consequences

A young man from Des Moines recently died in Mexico.  The story was widely covered in the news.  He ran afoul of some of the rules relating to immigration, and took a voluntary deportation to a country he did not … Continue reading

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Little Riddles of Nature

I went to Medora Prairie today, with a plan to photograph butterflies and any other type of critter I might find.  I walked out onto the prairie and saw that the butterfly milkweed was in bloom all over.  An eastern … Continue reading

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A Few More Bugs

I went to Christiansen Forest Preserve tonight and wandered around with the camera.  I found a few cool looking insects. This plains clubtail was fairly active.  It spent some time in the short grass of the mowed path, but took … Continue reading

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