Category Archives: butterflies

Ring of Life

I was putting my trash dumpster back under my deck this afternoon and saw what I thought was a small plastic ring on the ground, surrounding some moss that was strangely lush and green. But it wasn’t a ring, it … Continue reading

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Phototherapy

I love to take my camera out into the wild and take pictures–mostly closeups of bugs and such.  I find it refreshes me mentally and physically.  So it is therapy.  Since I am taking photos, I call it phototherapy. Yesterday … Continue reading

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Finding Nature Where You Find It

I have recently moved from an apartment complex to a house in the small town of Woodward, Iowa.  The house is a great improvement over the cramped apartment I was living in.  I have a yard, but it is a … Continue reading

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Best Photos of the Year

I put together a bunch of photographs which I think were my ten best for the year.  I don’t feel too verbal now, so here they are, just the photos: Thanks for viewing.

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Ears on the Wings of Butterflies

Sometimes there will be little news items about scientific papers.  One that made some of the news blurbs lately was about a study that showed there were ears on the wings of some butterflies.  The paper that made the news studied … Continue reading

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Late Season Pollinators

Sunday I went to Marietta Sand Prairie (right after Iowa State won their ball game).  I was hoping to find some late season insects.  I had not been out with my camera for a few weeks because the weather and … Continue reading

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Late Season Critters

Our weather has cooled down lately, particularly at night.  It is still warm enough for most of the insects though, so I went to a backwater area of Big Creek State Park and took some photos. This eastern tailed-blue was … Continue reading

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Late Summer Prairie Walk

I went on a nature walk today, organized by the Iowa Prairie Network, at the property of Bill and Sibylla Brown.  They have land in southern Iowa, and have done a lot of work to restore the biological function of … Continue reading

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A Few Late Season Insects

We have had some strange weather lately.  Cloudy with light mist, followed by intense rain, then sunny, hot, and humid.  In between the rain, lots of insects come out and visit flowers or chase their prey. This bumblebee, Bombus impatiens  was … Continue reading

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Butterflies after Rain

We have been having some very dry weather lately, and today we had a small amount of rain.  Not nearly what the crops need, but the rain did bring the butterflies out in higher numbers than I have been seeing … Continue reading

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