Category Archives: oarisma poweshiek

Closing in on Some of Those Resolutions

In December or 2013 I made some resolutions for the new year, 2014.  I did not share the usual ones, but I did share some of the odd resolutions I had about bugs I wanted to find and photograph. One … Continue reading

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EITs and the Butterfly

Sometime in the winter of 2002-2003 I was invited to a meeting of Iowa’s insect conservation enthusiasts at the home of Dennis Schlicht.   I remember the meeting well.  One topic that was discussed was the apparent disappearance of many … Continue reading

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Doubts

I have built some of my musings on this blog about a butterfly called the Poweshiek skipper, Oarisma poweshiek.  The species description was published under Henry Parker’s name, although I think Henry’s wife Helen played a more significant role in … Continue reading

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An Update

If you are familiar with this blog, you might know about the Poweshiek skipper.  You see it mentioned above the upper photo.  History of the butterfly entries are sort of about the people associated with discovering this butterfly, or people … Continue reading

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One Reason the List Was Published

In 1850, Helen Fitch (later Helen Fitch Parker) tried to publish a description of a new species of snail by having her future Brother-in-Law present it as a paper before the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Louis Agassiz … Continue reading

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How Could They Miss the Gray Copper?

One of the themes of my blog is the history surrounding the discovery of a small butterfly, Oarisma poweshiek, or the Poweshiek skipper.  The original description of the butterfly was published in 1870, and authored by Henry W. Parker.  I … Continue reading

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Here it is–the Poweshiek Skipper

I attended a conference last weekend on the conservation of tallgrass prairie lepidoptera.  I was totally impressed with the turnout and professionalism of the people involved.  The attendance was about 60 people, most of them very intelligent and motivated professionals.  Much … Continue reading

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Aphid Outbreaks and Pesticide Applications

The soybean aphid outbreaks were memorable because it was hard to miss the presence of the aerial applicator airplanes.   Although Iowa is a heavy agricultural area with a long history of pesticide use, the added visibility of the aerial applicators … Continue reading

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What I did on my Winter Vacation

I have been kind of busy lately and have not posted as often as I did in the summer.  Partially it has been because I have been re-doing my other website. You can find it at  http://www.poweshiekskipper.org It is a … Continue reading

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The Butterfly and Global Warming

            I posted an entry a while back about a computer program that captures news articles about global warming and global climate change, and rates the responses.  That program found some news articles about the Poweshiek skipper, Oarisma poweshiek, and … Continue reading

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