Category Archives: invertebrates

Giants in Trees

West Oak Park in Mills County Iowa is a great place to observe butterflies.  It has a pretty diverse butterfly fauna, but one species really makes it special.  Giant Swallowtails, Papilia cresphontes can be found here in good numbers. The butterfly … Continue reading

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Recent Activity.

As summer slips past some critters are at the peak of their activity.  I have been doing a lot of travelling, but have still been able to get a few photos in here and there. I saw this eastern tailed-blue … Continue reading

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Reverse Zombies

Zombies in our movies and TV shows are unthinking creatures, predators on people.  They stumble around with no real focus and can suffer horrific damage.  If left to their own devices they will convert the whole world into more zombies. … Continue reading

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Out for a Stroll

I photographed some moss on a stump earlier today, and accidentally photographed some springtails out for a stroll.  I did not see them while I took the picture, only when I saw the photo on my computer screen. I don’t … Continue reading

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Winter Trees and a Spider

We have been having some unusual winter weather lately.   Warmer than normal (but of course still cool–it is January here in Iowa) and very wet. Walking on the lawn is an adventure.  The ground is frozen, but there is … Continue reading

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Aster Visitors

Late in the year few flowers are blooming except asters.  I am not sure the species, nor have I taken the time to identify the insects that I photographed.  Maybe it is because I am hearing the presidential debates in … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Bugs

Sunday I was able to get out a little and take some pictures of insects. This is the spotted lady beetle, Coleomegilla maculata on a spiderwort flower.  The spotted lady beetle is one of the native lady beetles, and is … Continue reading

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The Eighth Annual Day of Insects

Yesterday and Friday I was able to attend events associated with the Eighth Annual Day of Insects, put on by Reiman Gardens, which is a public garden associated with Iowa State University. The event has gotten to be pretty big–there … Continue reading

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Easter Photos

I took a few photos yesterday.  I still feel like my camera skills are rusty from the long winter of not using them. The forsythia bushes are blooming.  They are about the only thing blooming right now. And of course … Continue reading

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Early Signs of Spring

It is a cool day today–42 degrees F.  To those of you on the more logical scale, that is 6 degrees C.  Winter is taking its own sweet time leaving us. I wanted to take some pictures of some critters … Continue reading

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