Category Archives: Biological diversity

How do Snails Move?

My life has taken some turns that I don’t like and didn’t want, and as a result I have had many sleepless nights. I have been able to calm my nerves by working on some projects that take my mind … Continue reading

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Muddy knees, Wind Blown Seeds, and Butterflies

Yesterday and today I got outside and did a little bit of photography, after a hiatus that has been caused by weather and life events. These are the seed pods of common milkweed. Here is a single seed that has … Continue reading

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More Bug Watching

Thistles are spectacular for their ability to attract butterflies and other pollinators.  When the thistles are at their peak, they attract not only the largest, most beautiful butterflies, but also the smaller skippers and bees, wasps, and flies of all … Continue reading

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Weekend Photos

We had great weather for people this weekend.  It was a little too windy and cool for butterfly photography, though.  Still, I did get some shots. The milkweeds are still in bloom, and still drawing in butterflies like this gray … Continue reading

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On Ripley Esker

One of my job duties requires me to go to Camp Ripley in Minnesota about every year.  We do an internal audit of our Environmental Management System, and since you cannot audit yourself (or the work you have done), we … Continue reading

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Recent Butterflies

The last couple of days has been very hot with strong winds.  The winds make the butterflies less likely to fly around like they normally do.  When they do take to the wing they are obviously bothered by it.  They … Continue reading

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Get ’em off, Get ’em off!

Dragonflies and damselflies can often be seen carrying a load of the parasitic larvae of water mites.  This damselfly (probably a familiar bluet) had an unusually large load. It is thought that they do not kill the damsels, but that … Continue reading

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Yesterday and Today

I went to Medora Prairie yesterday, which is a TNC preserve located east of New Virginia, Iowa.  This area is home to some of Iowa’s rarest butterflies.  While I did not see any of the rare ones, I did get … Continue reading

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Might be Mites

This red admiral seems to be infested with something.  My best guess is mites. I think there is one on the right leg in front, and two on the back left leg. They could be parasitic or predatory, but they … Continue reading

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Rest in Peace, Herbert Axelrod

Herbert R. Axelrod died earlier this month.  If you read the Wikipedia article, you might get the idea that he was a businessman who eventually got in trouble with the law.  He had a criminal conviction and was accused of … Continue reading

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