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Fourth of July Butterfly Irruption

We have had a strange combination of dry weather followed by very heavy rains here in Iowa.  We are also in the midst of an irruption (an extreme increase in the population size) of painted lady butterflies.  After the rains, … Continue reading

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A Better Day for Butterflies

I have been a little disappointed this year with my butterfly photography.  To get good butterfly photographs you have to have a good habitat for them.  I moved this spring, and I have had a hard time finding some good … Continue reading

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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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Finding Nature Where You Find It

I have recently moved from an apartment complex to a house in the small town of Woodward, Iowa.  The house is a great improvement over the cramped apartment I was living in.  I have a yard, but it is a … 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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Learning New Things

Sunday I went to the winter meeting of the Iowa Prairie Network, and attended a workshop on milkweeds by Tom Rosburg and Deb Lewis.  There was a lot of good information about how milkweeds are pollinated.  I knew a little … Continue reading

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Ears on the Wings of Butterflies

Sometimes there will be little news items about scientific papers.  One that made some of the news blurbs lately was about a study that showed there were ears on the wings of some butterflies.  The paper that made the news studied … Continue reading

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Late Season Pollinators

Sunday I went to Marietta Sand Prairie (right after Iowa State won their ball game).  I was hoping to find some late season insects.  I had not been out with my camera for a few weeks because the weather and … Continue reading

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