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CIHA Fen (or is it Chia?)

The Iowa Native Plant Society had a wildflower walk at CIHA fen in Johnson County today.  The first thing we had to figure out was how to pronounce the name.  I am not sure we got the definitive answer, but … Continue reading

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Butterflies from Unusual Perspectives

We have had some hot, humid and stormy weather lately–weather that is great for butterflies.  Tonight after work I chased the butterflies for a little bit and ended up with a couple of photos from unusual perspectives. We had a … Continue reading

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Late Season Butterflies

Monarchs are back! They are showing up in pretty good numbers, also.  Concerns about the status of the monarch are well founded, but they are having a really good year this year. The other late season butterflies are having a … Continue reading

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A Great Spangled Fritillary

One of our normally common large butterflies is the great spangled fritillary, Speyeria cybele.  This year they showed up later than normal, by about two weeks.  I had heard reports that they were numerous in southern Iowa, but had not … Continue reading

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Butterflies in Love

The other day we came across these great spangled fritillaries, Speyeria cybele,  engaged in a little courtship behavior.  Both were doing a lot of shimmering and shaking while hanging upside down under a wild bergamot flower.  I believe the female is … Continue reading

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New Butterfly

I drove up to a fen in northern Iowa with my friend Ty today.  I had a tip that Baltimore checkerspots, Euphydras phaeton, could be found there. The tip was right.  Thanks, Mark.  This is a new butterfly for me. … Continue reading

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Great Spangled Fritillary

This is the upper side of a great spangled fritillary.  It seems a little more red in the photo than I remembered it as I photographed it. Great spangled fritillaries are large butterflies with relatively long life spans.  They live … Continue reading

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