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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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In Awe of the Blue Morpho

Since I retired I started doing a little bit of volunteer work at Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa. I am a butterfly wing docent, which basically means I let people into and out of the butterfly wing, and prevent butterflies … 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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More Insects

Summer allows me to get out, sometimes for just a few minutes a day and sometimes for much longer. The critters that are out are not too rare, but can be quite spectacular never the less. These cabbage white butterflies … Continue reading

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A Tiny Moth

Yesterday I found this tiny moth on the yarrow flowers in my back yard. It seems to be a clearwing moth, possibly in the genus Carmenta. Moths in that genus are typically leaf miners. It seemed very wasp-like in flight.

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So I went to a BioBlitz…

The Nahant Marsh Education Center, in cooperation with a number of other organizations conducted a bioblitz last weekend in the Illiniwek Forest Preserve in Hampton, Illinois last weekend. The idea behind a bioblitz is that a bunch of people who … Continue reading

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Another Day in the Prairie

I went to Medora Prairie this morning, and did what I do–wandered around with a camera trying to find butterflies. And I found some. One of the first butterflies I saw was this coral hairstreak. It was a first-of-the year … Continue reading

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I Roto-tilled my Lawn…

Last year I roto-tilled a small portion of my back yard and planted a mixture of native prairie seeds. Prairie plants are slow to establish, and I only started in May of last year, so I mostly had kind of … Continue reading

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Up Close

If you want to take good butterfly photos, sometimes you have to get really close. Male pearl crescents and unidentified bees.  

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Hanging Out by the Swamp Milkweed

Big Creek State Park is an artificial lake in Polk County Iowa.  On the north side of the lake is a little used boat access–mostly used by people with canoes and kayaks.  The boat ramp is gravel mixed with mud, … Continue reading

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