Category Archives: insects

Photos from Yesterday and Today

I was able to spend a few hours out in nature this weekend and pretty much enjoyed myself. First I went to Marietta Sand Prairie in Marshall County, looking for butterflies.  I saw a few.  Nothing rare–meadow fritillaries, viceroy, orange … Continue reading

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What you might have seen at Day of Insects…

Every year for over a decade Nathan Brockman, M.J. Hatfield, Anita Westphal, and a host of other people have worked really hard to put on an event at Reiman Gardens called Day of Insects.  It is a great event for … Continue reading

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Charismatic Flies that Didn’t Make the Cut

I have been going to an event called Day of Insects for several years now, and I just love it.  Some years I have participated as a speaker, and this year is one of those years.  I am talking about … Continue reading

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Best of the Year

I sorted through some of the photos I took this year and here are the ten that I think are best. Have a happy new year.  (Oops–I got eleven)

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This Morning Before the Rain…

I went on a prairie walk at Tipton Prairie in Greene County, Iowa.  The prairie was quite spectacular today.  The vegetation that is found there is quite rare. This is a fiery skipper. I think this flower fly is Toxomerus … Continue reading

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Be Very Afraid…

Saturday I went to The Ledges State Park and chased some bugs.  I am happy to report that the canyon road was finally open and people were enjoying themselves immensely. I saw a bug that was new to me, although … Continue reading

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Some Common Butterflies

I spent a little time today and on Tuesday taking photographs of butterflies.  I was not in any special habitat, and the butterflies I saw were pretty common.  Still, I had fun doing it. This was a common buckeye. This … Continue reading

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Weekend Critters

I was able to hit a couple of prairie areas this weekend and admire the creatures that live in them. One thing the wordpress blogging site does when you insert a photograph is to insert a photo caption.  By default, … Continue reading

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A Long Trip to Photograph Bugs

Yesterday I drove most of the way across the state to visit Bixby State Preserve.  I did it mostly because I wanted some time outside, which I feel like I haven’t had enough of lately.  Plus, this preserve is a … Continue reading

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A Short Walk in the Woods

I  went to The Ledges today to get a little bit of time out in nature.  The trails are wet because we have had so much rain lately, and the gnats are pretty nasty.  Still, it was good to get … Continue reading

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