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Size in Butterflies

In “The Princess Bride” there was an encounter with “rodents of unusual size.”  Today I had an encounter with a butterfly of unusual size. I have photographed a lot of butterflies over the past several years, and having done so … Continue reading

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Sometimes You Have to Get Out

I took a short drive away from my house with its parched reconstructed prairie and very sparse butterflies, to a boat ramp (Lincoln access) near Saylorville Reservoir today.  There were more butterflies there today–mostly three species, the dainty sulfur, the … Continue reading

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Thinking about Butterflies in the Middle of Winter

I have been thinking about butterflies and butterfly conservation lately.  I know it is winter, but that is the way it goes. It seems to me that butterfly conservation efforts focus on the rare.  The Poweshiek skipper that I have … Continue reading

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Last Butterfly Photo of the Year?

Sunday I chased this dainty sulfur around for about fifteen minutes before it finally settled down long enough for me to get a good photograph. This has been a great year for dainty sulfurs–they are normally an uncommon butterfly in … Continue reading

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The Dainty Sulfur

The dainty sulfur, Nathalis iole, is a very small butterfly that I usually only encounter late in the summer and in specific habitats in Iowa.  This year I have been seeing them all over. A few days ago I stopped … Continue reading

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