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The Cherry Tree has Butterflies

Our cherry tree has lots of fruit on it this year–Pat has picked a bunch for pies.  Still, there is ripening fruit and over-ripe fruit.  And butterflies. This is called a question mark butterfly, named for the silver marks on … 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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Living on Borrowed Time

This butterfly is old and battered.  It seems to be Polygonia interrogationis, the question mark butterfly, but at this stage I can’t say for sure.  It does seem to be nearing the end of days.

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Butterflies Drinking Sap

I saw these butterflies the other day, drinking sap from a wounded tree.   This is a question mark butterfly, Polygonia interrogationis. The photo below is a northern pearlyeye, Enodia anthedon. Butterflies will often take food other than nectar.  They will … 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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A Question Mark Butterfly

In spite of Dutch Elm Disease, we still have a number of American elm trees growing around.  They grow to about a foot in diameter, maybe twenty five or thirty feet high, then they die. I took this photo of a question mark, Polygonia interrogationis, … Continue reading

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