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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 Few More Bugs

I went to Christiansen Forest Preserve tonight and wandered around with the camera.  I found a few cool looking insects. This plains clubtail was fairly active.  It spent some time in the short grass of the mowed path, but took … Continue reading

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What I Did on My (Involuntary, Unpaid) Vacation

As an employee of the State of Iowa in a federally supported position, the government shutdown has affected me.  As of now, I am laid off for fifteen work days.  That may change, but I expect to be out money … Continue reading

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The Widow Skimmer

This lovely dragonfly has the common name, widow skimmer.  I wonder where the name came from?  

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Widow Skimmer

This dragonfly is called a widow skimmer, or Libellula luctuosa.  It is an adult male. Insects breathe differently than we do.  They don’t have lungs, for example.  Still, while I was photographing this guy I could see his abdomen moving … Continue reading

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