Category Archives: pearl crescent

Butterfly Forecast for Central Iowa–June, 2020

May gave us wet, cool weather following a late spring. We had a few warm days with a surprising number of butterflies, but most days had few on the wing. I expect that to change pretty soon as the season … Continue reading

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Late Season Critters

Our weather has cooled down lately, particularly at night.  It is still warm enough for most of the insects though, so I went to a backwater area of Big Creek State Park and took some photos. This eastern tailed-blue was … Continue reading

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A Brushfoot Fetish

The Nymphalidae family of butterflies are called brushfoot butterflies because the front pair of legs are greatly reduced and the hairs on those legs remind some people of little brushes.  The legs are difficult to spot in the field, but … Continue reading

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Today’s Bugs

There was a lot of insect activity today.  Loads of butterflies, although nothing I haven’t already seen for the year.  Lots of odonates, also.  But along with the “good” bugs were a bunch I wasn’t so fond of.  Mosquitoes and … Continue reading

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An Oddly-colored Butterfly

I photographed this butterfly near my small reconstructed prairie this morning. The morning was a little cool and this individual was reluctant to fly, so I was able to pull some of the grass stems near it to get a … Continue reading

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When to use flash, and when to not use flash

Butterfly photography requires a certain amount of stealth.  I use a single-focal length macro lens–105 mm, and slowly get as close to the butterfly as I can.  In bright sun, I use an aperture of f/16 and a shutter speed … Continue reading

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Blowing in the Wind

The biggest problem I had with taking this photo of a pearl crescent, Phyciodes theros, was the wind.  The wind moved the subject into and out of focus.  So I held the flower by the stem, and focused by moving … Continue reading

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Why They Call Them Brushfoot Butterflies

This is a male pearl crescent, Phyciodes tharos. Butterflies are insects, and insects have six legs, right?  But this one only seems to have four. Pearl crescents belong to a family of butterflies, Nymphalidae or nymphalids.  The group is also … Continue reading

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Counting and Chasing Butterflies

I have been doing butterfly surveys for over ten years, often over my lunch break at work.  This year I counted 24 species in the surveys.  I also chase them and photograph them.  I got photos of 35 species (all … Continue reading

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The Eye of the Butterfly

This is a pearl crescent, Phyciodes tharos.

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