Category Archives: little yellow

Failing at Butterflies (but working through it)

There is an old saying that a bad day fishing beats a good day at work.  The same is true about chasing butterflies.  Still, when you do something you love to do there are times it just does not work … Continue reading

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Summer is Slipping Away

My boys have started school.  One is a freshman, the other is a sophomore.  That is 9th and 10th grade for those of you who may not be familar with our system. With the days getting shorter and my life … Continue reading

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Appreciating Partridge Pea

Yesterday I photographed one of my favorite prairie flowers, partridge pea, Cassia fasciculata. It’s a quirky little plant–an annual where most successful plants are perennial.  It has extrafloral nectaries that attract ants and all manner of other insects.  Its flowers … Continue reading

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The Little Yellow

I found a battered little yellow butterfly, Pyrisitia lisa, yesterday.  Little yellows do not spend the winter here.  They spend their winters far to the south of here, and re-populate the area every spring, riding the winds to travel the great … 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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Little yellows are back

One of my favorite butterflies is the little yellow, Pyrisitia lisa.  They have been missing from Iowa for the last two years.  They do not over winter here but repopulate from the south each year.  Weather conditions were not favorable … Continue reading

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Butterflies “mudding”

A few days ago after a short rain I ran across these butterflies mudding in the road.  They are mostly clouded sulfurs, but there is a little yellow in the group as well.

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