Category Archives: invertebrates

More Bugs

I spent a little bit of time yesterday at Big Creek State Park. This is a sand wasp, a Bembix species.  This was a very noisy, active wasp.  It was hard to photograph because it was so active. Another wasp–smaller, not … Continue reading

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Two Bees or Not Two Bees

I made a brief stop in the I-35 Huxley-Slater interchange today to see what insects were flying. This bee, probably a leaf cutter bee, was on purple coneflower. Wild bergamot also had an insect visitor.  I am pretty sure it … Continue reading

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A Nice Summer Day

We had a really nice day today–warm but not too hot.  I took advantage and visited Big Creek Park near one of the backwater areas.  Swamp milkweed was in bloom and attracting lots of visitors. This unusual fly is common … Continue reading

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Another Attempt to find the Poweshiek Skipper

Oarisma poweshiek is a small butterfly that was discovered and first described from Grinnell, Iowa in 1870.  When the prairies were here it was probably quite common, although it only flies as an adult for about a week or two.  … Continue reading

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Snow and Butterflies

Today we had the tenth annual Day of Insects at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa.  It was a day of short presentations.  Yesterday we had some workshops and a meal.  As usual, it was mostly insects enthusiasts giving little overviews … Continue reading

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How do Snails Move?

My life has taken some turns that I don’t like and didn’t want, and as a result I have had many sleepless nights. I have been able to calm my nerves by working on some projects that take my mind … Continue reading

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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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