Category Archives: Silver-spotted skipper

A Better Day for Butterflies

I have been a little disappointed this year with my butterfly photography.  To get good butterfly photographs you have to have a good habitat for them.  I moved this spring, and I have had a hard time finding some good … Continue reading

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Butterflies after Rain

We have been having some very dry weather lately, and today we had a small amount of rain.  Not nearly what the crops need, but the rain did bring the butterflies out in higher numbers than I have been seeing … Continue reading

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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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