Tag Archives: autumn

Common Milkweed

Here is a common milkweed, Asclepias syriaca, seed pod and a large milkweed bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus. The days are shorter now, and I have not been able to get outside with my camera as much as I did earlier in … Continue reading

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Butterflies in the Apple Tree

I saw some butterflies in the apple tree tonight. These monarchs were trying to find a roost for the night.  As it was not yet dark, they were still quite easily spooked and flew off shortly after I photographed them. … Continue reading

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Drying Up

I saw this flower the other day–shriveled and dried up.  It took me a little while to figure out what it was. It is, of course, partridge pea–one of my favorite plants.  Here is what it looks like on a … Continue reading

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Visiting Flowers

Yesterday I saw a small fly visiting flowers near our prairie. This is probably a crane fly.  It had a delicate but halting and jerky flight.

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Seeds of common milkweed rest inside of a dried, open seed pod, waiting for the wind to free them.  

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What I Did on My (Involuntary, Unpaid) Vacation

As an employee of the State of Iowa in a federally supported position, the government shutdown has affected me.  As of now, I am laid off for fifteen work days.  That may change, but I expect to be out money … Continue reading

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Riding the Thermals

We have a windy day here, which gave the turkey vultures a chance to ride the thermals. Look alive.

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Last of the Viceroys

As the season progresses, some butterflies just fade away.  I saw this viceroy Sunday.  Viceroys may occasionally be found here in October or later, but not often.  

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A Small Butterfly

Butterflies are few and far between now, unlike the conditions usually encountered in September in Iowa.  I did see this eastern tailed-blue yesterday, though.  

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More Late Butterflies

We have had cool, rainy weather as of late, but today was sunny and even warmed up a little.  A small number of butterflies were out–we had orange sulfurs, one red admiral, and one skipper of some kind. I found … Continue reading

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