Category Archives: Peck’s skipper

CIHA Fen (or is it Chia?)

The Iowa Native Plant Society had a wildflower walk at CIHA fen in Johnson County today.  The first thing we had to figure out was how to pronounce the name.  I am not sure we got the definitive answer, but … Continue reading

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Late Season Butterflies

I walked around a little today and found this eastern comma.  Initially it was in the driveway, appearing to sample the dirt for minerals.  Then it went to the yard, and stuck its tongue on and around one of the … Continue reading

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More Insects

Here are some photos from yesterday. A dance fly, possibly Empis clausa. Peck’s skipper, Polites peckius. And a small bee, possibly Ceratina. The weather is still nice, but turning to autumn.

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The Good Bugs are Out

May was pretty busy from a social standpoint but slow from a nature photography standpoint.  Part of the problem is that there weren’t many butterflies.  May is always slow for butterflies–you would think it wouldn’t be, because the weather is … Continue reading

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On a Better Day for Butterflies

Today was a good day for butterflies–certainly better than yesterday.  I spent some time walking the prairie and the roadside and found some good ones.   This is a Peck’s skipper, Polites peckius. A nice silver-spotted skipper, Epargyreus clarus.   … Continue reading

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A Surviver

We have had a prolonged period of unusually dry weather here in Iowa.  It is a drought, really, because it will result in a decrease in crop yield of greater than 10%.  Many of our butterflies, which were starting to … Continue reading

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Peck’s Skipper

I took another vacation day yesterday.  I had some chores to do–I cut down an old elm tree to use for firewood and did a few other things around the house. It was a magnificant October day in Iowa, and … Continue reading

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A good day for butterflies

Today was very warm–highs in the 90’s.  That made it a very good day for butterflies. This Peck’s skipper was flitting around the flower garden.  I used a flash because it was down in a shady part of the weeds … Continue reading

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Lots of Peck’s Skippers

For some reason this fall there have been lots of Peck’s skippers.  I have seen double-digit numbers a few times on the walks I do at lunch time.  There have been a number of other grass skippers as well, including fiery skippers, sachems, tawney edge skippers, and Delaware … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Butterflies

Sunday I went to Slip Bluff Park in the southern part of Iowa.   I went there specifically to photograph butterflies. We are a few weeks past the peak of the butterfly season, in my estimation.  The weather was also quite a … Continue reading

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