Category Archives: butterflies

Milkweed and Butterflies

We live along a gravel road, and on both sides there is plenty of common milkweed. Common milkweed, like most milkweed species, can be quite fragrant at times and is attractive to many different pollinators.  I especially like it when … 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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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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Backyard Butterfly Tonight

There was a red admiral flying around the back yard tonight.  It would fly around and land on a small stump left over from when we cut down a pear tree last fall.  Then it would fly again, and land … Continue reading

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Arkansas Butterflies

Last week my coworkers and I left a cold, rainy Iowa and drove to Arkansas to take some classes.  It was warm and sunny down there, and after the classes were over we had a little time to ourselves.  Others … Continue reading

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The Ninth Annual Day of Insects

Yesterday and Friday I went to the Ninth Annual Day of Insects, hosted by Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa. I have posted about this event in the past, but it keeps getting better and better.  This event is about insect … Continue reading

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Wet Tree Watch

It is that time of the year, or at least almost that time of year.  Watch for wet trees. Here in Iowa most of the trees are deciduous.  The leaves fell from the branches last year, and the sap is … Continue reading

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Late Season Butterflies

I walked around a little today and found this eastern comma.  Initially it was in the driveway, appearing to sample the dirt for minerals.  Then it went to the yard, and stuck its tongue on and around one of the … Continue reading

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