Category Archives: eastern tailed-blue

Recent Butterflies

Butterflies are less common this year than most.  Still, there are some good ones out there. This is a summer azure, one of the two most common blue butterflies in Iowa.  You can tell the difference between them by how … Continue reading

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First of the Year Butterflies

I had some business to do today so I took a day off from work.  I got some first-of-the year butterflies:  First photographed for all of them, first seen for the eastern comma and American lady. First, the eastern comma. … Continue reading

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Recent Butterflies

I have been lucky enough to have some time to photograph butterflies recently, and here are a few I have seen. This red-spotted purple was at The Ledges on Sunday. This eastern tiger swallowtail was visiting a wild bergamot in … Continue reading

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Noon Walk Butterflies

I take a walk over my lunch break, and I count butterflies as I am doing it.  Here are the results of this year’s surveys.  I saw 24 species, 943 total butterflies.  The species where I counted more than one … Continue reading

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A Small Butterfly

Butterflies are few and far between now, unlike the conditions usually encountered in September in Iowa.  I did see this eastern tailed-blue yesterday, though.  

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A Morning Drink

An eastern tailed-blue, Cupido comyntas, drinks nectar from the flowers of Canada goldenrod. We have had a long stretch of hot, dry weather and the butterflies are not present in the high numbers that they usually have this time of … Continue reading

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Butterfly Love

Butterflies mate tail-to-tail.  They can fly, although clumsily in this position.  I found this pair, initially, when I noticed them flying. These are eastern tailed-blues.  They have been pretty numerous this year, while many other species have been mostly absent.

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Head On

The front end of an eastern tailed-blue.  

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An Eastern Tailed-Blue

This year has been slow for the butterfly watchers.  I have seen only a few butterflies per day recently, and had a streak of about a week where I did not see any. Yesterday was hot and rainy, with dark … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just About Pretty Flowers

Butterflies are attracted to flowers.  Butterflies are often associated with flowers. But they are not just attracted to flowers.  I took this photo a number of years ago of four viceroys drinking the juices of a rotten apple. These northern … Continue reading

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