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Minnesota Butterflies–Butterfly Big Year Update #9

Sax-Zim Bog looked like a promising butterfly area when I was surfing through the web for a good place to go in Minnesota. (Slap). Did I mention that there are mosquitos in Minnesota (Slap)? When you get in the shade … Continue reading

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Butterfly Big Year Update #4

I have not taken any long trips this week but I have added a couple of species. On Monday I conducted my first butterfly survey of the season for the Iowa Butterfly Survey Network. I found this gorgone checkerspot at … Continue reading

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Butterfly Big Year Update #3

I went on a trip to Sauk City Wisconsin, chasing butterflies. The point of the trips is that they are a little bit spontaneous, depending on the weather and what other butterflies have been seen. However, I always feel a … Continue reading

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The Butterfly Big Year has Started

Birders sometimes do something called a “big year.” During a calendar year, they try to see and identify as many of the bird species in a particular area as they can. A few butterfliers have done something similar, most famously … Continue reading

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How to find Henry’s Elfin In Iowa

Spring is here, and with it are all the wonderful things like spring wildflowers, birds and frogs calling, and early butterflies. Many of Iowa’s butterflies are pretty common, and you will run across them even if you are not looking … Continue reading

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My Top Ten Photos for 2021

I do a lot of nature photography throughout the year, and here are my ten favorites: I like this one so much I had a large print of it made, and it is hanging on my wall. This is a … Continue reading

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In Iowa, Thinking about the Texas Butterfly Festival…

Wednesday it rained most of the day, so I spent most of it looking at my photos from the Texas Butterfly Festival and trying to identify what I had. Yesterday was sunny with a chilly wind. Today it is snowing. … Continue reading

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Adventures with Butterflies–The Texas Butterfly Festival

It is 1,264 miles from my home in Woodward, Iowa to the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas. Google Maps says you can drive it in 18 hours and 7 minutes. I just got back yesterday. You probably need to … Continue reading

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I Break for Butterflies

Today I had an errand to run, but as I was going to my garage I saw a butterfly. So I went back into the house to get my camera, and took a few photos. This is a red-spotted purple. … Continue reading

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A Morning in Nature

I spent the morning walking around in nature today. I was mostly looking for butterflies, but it was not a good day for them. May is always a time of low butterfly numbers, and it was too cloudy for those … Continue reading

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