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Unintended Consequences

A young man from Des Moines recently died in Mexico.  The story was widely covered in the news.  He ran afoul of some of the rules relating to immigration, and took a voluntary deportation to a country he did not … Continue reading

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Little Riddles of Nature

I went to Medora Prairie today, with a plan to photograph butterflies and any other type of critter I might find.  I walked out onto the prairie and saw that the butterfly milkweed was in bloom all over.  An eastern … 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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CIHA Fen (or is it Chia?)

The Iowa Native Plant Society had a wildflower walk at CIHA fen in Johnson County today.  The first thing we had to figure out was how to pronounce the name.  I am not sure we got the definitive answer, but … Continue reading

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Spring Awakening

I went to a “Spring Awakening Bioblitz” event in Cordova Park, Marion County Iowa today.  With a three-hour timeframe, it was more of a wildflower walk than a formal bioblitz.  Still, it was quite pleasant to get together with a … Continue reading

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Today’s New Friend

Yesterday I made friends with a toad.  Today I made friends with a frog. The northern cricket frog looks a lot like a toad, being kind of gray and having warts.  But it is a frog, a tree frog that … Continue reading

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Really?

In a week when we have seen a man shot by his dog and a boy killed in an accidental shooting, we get an ad for a second amendment sale. The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads:  “A well … Continue reading

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A Modest Success

Last week I went to Waubonsie State Park and photographed butterflies.  I saw a lot of Henry’s elfin, and got some pretty good photos of them.  I also saw a lot of zebra swallowtails and took a lot of terrible … Continue reading

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Chasing Butterflies

We have had a late spring, although finally it has warmed up.  As of yesterday I had not seen a wild butterfly this year.  I wanted to change that.  I went to Waubonsee State Park yesterday, which is about a … 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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