Category Archives: Biological diversity

More Insects

Summer allows me to get out, sometimes for just a few minutes a day and sometimes for much longer. The critters that are out are not too rare, but can be quite spectacular never the less. These cabbage white butterflies … Continue reading

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A Tiny Moth

Yesterday I found this tiny moth on the yarrow flowers in my back yard. It seems to be a clearwing moth, possibly in the genus Carmenta. Moths in that genus are typically leaf miners. It seemed very wasp-like in flight.

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Charismatic Flies that Didn’t Make the Cut

I have been going to an event called Day of Insects for several years now, and I just love it.  Some years I have participated as a speaker, and this year is one of those years.  I am talking about … Continue reading

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Moss and Snow

The Ledges State Park, Boone, Ia.

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Best of the Year

I sorted through some of the photos I took this year and here are the ten that I think are best. Have a happy new year.  (Oops–I got eleven)

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More Bugs from Yesterday and Today

Little yellow on smart weed. Velvet ant investigating the nest of a ground dwelling bee or wasp.  Since it is wingless, it is a female. Robber fly, female.  Efferia sp.? Tawny-edged skipper on bergamot.  Often butterflies that look like this … Continue reading

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Weekend Critters

I was able to hit a couple of prairie areas this weekend and admire the creatures that live in them. One thing the wordpress blogging site does when you insert a photograph is to insert a photo caption.  By default, … Continue reading

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More Time in the Prairie

I spent some time at Medora Prairie in Warren County today, photographing butterflies, getting my head on straight, and scratching my legs on the raspberries. I got a good look at a little yellow as I went in. These common … Continue reading

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Fourth of July Butterfly Irruption

We have had a strange combination of dry weather followed by very heavy rains here in Iowa.  We are also in the midst of an irruption (an extreme increase in the population size) of painted lady butterflies.  After the rains, … Continue reading

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A Short Walk in the Woods

I  went to The Ledges today to get a little bit of time out in nature.  The trails are wet because we have had so much rain lately, and the gnats are pretty nasty.  Still, it was good to get … Continue reading

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