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Hiding in Plain Sight–Big Year Update 13

One of the things I have found surprising about my butterfly big year is the difficulty I have had finding and photographing some normally common species. I got quick glimpses of a red admiral on a couple of occasions, but … Continue reading

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Chasing Butterflies at Home–Big Year Update 12

I have been trying to add to my butterfly list by visiting places near home, and it has been a little frustrating. I did get a Peck’ skipper: This was in the soft mud along the Des Moines River, north … Continue reading

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Nebraska–It’s Not For Everyone. Big Year Update 11

On the trip home from Bugshot Montana I wanted to spend some time in Nebraska looking for butterflies. I picked an area called Crescent Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and planned to stay in a hotel that was about 25 miles … Continue reading

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Bugshot Montana

Montana is outside of the range for my butterfly big year, so any butterflies I found at Bugshot Montana don’t count. Bugshot workshops are conducted at different venues–they have one or two domestic and one international workshop per year. There … Continue reading

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South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana–Big Year Update 10

I signed up for an event/workshop called Bugshot Montana, which was held from July 7 to July 10. Bugshot workshops are close-up photography workshops where participants learn all kinds of techniques for taking pictures of tiny critters. I will post … Continue reading

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Butterfly Church–Butterfly Big Year Update #8

I went to my Butterfly Church yesterday. It is a special place where I usually can find that feeling of peace that I don’t often have in my life. I chase butterflies there, but I also take a folding chair … Continue reading

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So I Took a Little Trip–Butterfly Big Year Update #7

I probably should plan the big year stuff better than I do, but I am also learning to make and execute plans on a fairly short notice. I sorted the iNaturalist butterfly data for Illinois from the first of the … Continue reading

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Butterfly Big Year, Update #5

We have had about a week of cool, rainy weather that is not particularly good for butterflies. I have not gone on any out-of-state trips since the Wisconsin trip I took a couple of weeks ago. That is because of … 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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