Category Archives: Silver-spotted skipper

Recent Butterflies

Butterflies are less common this year than most.  Still, there are some good ones out there. This is a summer azure, one of the two most common blue butterflies in Iowa.  You can tell the difference between them by how … Continue reading

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Bucket Photography

Sometimes when I do my macro photography I take a five gallon bucket with me.  I turn it over and use it like a chair.  It is easier to manage than most chairs, especially in tall weedy areas.  Being able … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Butterflies

Sunday was a great day for butterflies. Giant swallowtails are not common here, but they are large so I see them often enough.  I have tried to get a good photo of one around our house for years, and I … Continue reading

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I’m Sorta Back

I lost my camera–in fact, several cameras and lenses to a break-in a couple of weeks ago.   But I find that I need to take pictures.  Call it an investment in my mental health.  So I traded in an … Continue reading

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There is always another way

I was sitting on my porch, feeling sorry for myself.  I lost my camera to a recent break-in.  Then I saw first one then three or four silver-spotted skippers.  Two landed on a decorative paving brick that someone gave us … Continue reading

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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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The Silver-Spotted Skipper

The silver-spotted skipper, Epargyreus clarus, has been missing around here this year.  Today I spotted a few working the wild bergamot. They spend ten seconds or less on each flower, but usually don’t move too far to the next, so … Continue reading

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Silver Spotted Skippers

Monday, before the tragic encounter I had with a deer (which was noted in yesterday’s post), I walked along the road near our house.  I saw some beautiful silver-spotted skippers, Epargyreus clarus drinking nectar from the flower of a thistle.  At … Continue reading

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Out and About

After yesterday’s rains this silver spotted skipper, Epargyreus clarus, was flying around.  It briefly settled on the wet sand to mud, and then flew around in the tall vegetation.  

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