Category Archives: invertebrates

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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Phototherapy

I love to take my camera out into the wild and take pictures–mostly closeups of bugs and such.  I find it refreshes me mentally and physically.  So it is therapy.  Since I am taking photos, I call it phototherapy. Yesterday … Continue reading

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First of the Year

I have a bunch of things I “should” be doing, but instead I headed to The Ledges State Park with my camera.  I wanted to see some butterflies, some wildflowers, and get some fresh air. The first wildflower I saw … Continue reading

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In the Grand Scheme of Things….

You have to wonder–what kind of guy would spend an inordinate amount of his time posting photographs of insects to the internet?  I don’t know.  Seems like an odd thing to do. I just sat outside on my little patio … Continue reading

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On Bugshot Alabama

I just got back from a macro photography workshop called Bugshot Alabama.  These workshops have been going on for several years and are named after their locations–typically some place with high biological diversity. This is from the outside a pretty … Continue reading

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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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