Category Archives: gray hairstreak

Chasing the Elusive Red Admiral–Big Year Update #16

With summer ending I wanted to make one last trip. This time, rather than visiting some new location I thought I would visit a couple of sites I had been to before. I planned to visit the Barkhausen-Cache River Wetlands … Continue reading

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Another Day in the Prairie

I went to Medora Prairie this morning, and did what I do–wandered around with a camera trying to find butterflies. And I found some. One of the first butterflies I saw was this coral hairstreak. It was a first-of-the year … Continue reading

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This Morning Before the Rain…

I went on a prairie walk at Tipton Prairie in Greene County, Iowa.  The prairie was quite spectacular today.  The vegetation that is found there is quite rare. This is a fiery skipper. I think this flower fly is Toxomerus … 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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Butterfly Faces

Sometimes when you get up close and personal with butterflies you see some things that are surprising.  Butterflies can be unusual creatures, but have you really taken a close look at them? Check out the spots on the eyes of … Continue reading

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Good Day to be Outside

It was a good day to be outside today.  I went down to Medora Prairie–I was not feeling my best, but I thought some butterfly action might cheer me up. Cabbage whites are pretty common in Iowa, but they can … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Butterflies

Sunday was a great day for butterflies. Giant swallowtails are not common here, but they are large so I see them often enough.  I have tried to get a good photo of one around our house for years, and I … Continue reading

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New England Asters are really attracting butterflies now–mostly orange sulfurs. And, I saw a nice gray hairstreak and was able to spend some time photographing it. Oh, yeah–I was laid off from my job today, too–part of the federal government … Continue reading

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A Field of Butterflies

Butterfies are normally very common this time of year.  But we have had a drought, and they seem a lot less common than normal. Today my wife and I went on a trip to southern Iowa–she was doing some geneological … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 37: Henry’s List

In the April, 1870 edition of American Entomologist and Botanist, Henry W. Parker published a list of butterflies found in Iowa.  It included a list of butterflies previously reported by Mr. Samuel Scudder as having been found in Iowa, and thirteen species … Continue reading

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