Tag Archives: biological diversity

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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Late Summer Prairie Walk

I went on a nature walk today, organized by the Iowa Prairie Network, at the property of Bill and Sibylla Brown.  They have land in southern Iowa, and have done a lot of work to restore the biological function of … 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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World Robber Fly Day

Don’t ask me why, but apparently today is “world robberfly day.” This one is Laphria flavicollis. And this is Holcocephala fusca. Just another reason to drink beer.

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The Eighth Annual Day of Insects

Yesterday and Friday I was able to attend events associated with the Eighth Annual Day of Insects, put on by Reiman Gardens, which is a public garden associated with Iowa State University. The event has gotten to be pretty big–there … Continue reading

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A Biodiversity “Big Year”

Birders have something they call a “Big Year.”  As I understand the concept, a birder sets a challenge to him or herself, to identify as many birds as they can within a particular geographical area within a year.  Sometimes they … Continue reading

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Life on a Burr Oak

Today was a very rainy day.  I was on my own and I wanted to make the most of it.  My plan was to chase butterflies, but because of the rain and overcast conditions I thought I wouldn’t happen.  But … Continue reading

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The Prophylactic use of Pesticides

Many decades ago I went to college at Iowa State University.  One of the issues we talked about in my biology classes was “the prophylactic use of antibiotics.”  Back in the late 1970’s there were professors at this agricultural school … Continue reading

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A Life List of Life (of a sort)

This Autumn I went to the Texas Butterfly Festival.  It was a pretty unique event and I had a lot of fun.  I had a little bit of a culture shock when I went down there, though.  A lot of … Continue reading

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That’s Just Wrong

I am on a listserve that discusses insects in Iowa.  Recently someone brought up a topic about cornfields.  A blog on the National Public Radio webpage mentioned a photographer who went around the world photographing all of the living things he … Continue reading

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