Tag Archives: macro photography

Butterfly Faces

Sometimes when you get up close and personal with butterflies you see some things that are surprising.  Butterflies can be unusual creatures, but have you really taken a close look at them? Check out the spots on the eyes of … Continue reading

Posted in butterflies, gray hairstreak | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The Dance of Life

Butterflies have a little dance they do prior to mating (or sometimes prior to not mating).  It often includes shimmering, shaking, and flying around in circling chases.  I saw two silver-spotted skippers in the dance this morning. They started in … Continue reading

Posted in butterflies, dragonflies, insects, Junonia coenia | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Today’s Critters

Today was a beautiful day and I was able to spend a little time wandering around with my camera.  There were lots of cool insects out. This viceroy was taking nectar from rattlesnake master. An eastern tiger swallowtail was working … Continue reading

Posted in butterflies, insects | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Reverse Zombies

Zombies in our movies and TV shows are unthinking creatures, predators on people.  They stumble around with no real focus and can suffer horrific damage.  If left to their own devices they will convert the whole world into more zombies. … Continue reading

Posted in insects, invertebrates, oleander aphids, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Recent Butterflies

Butterflies are less common this year than most.  Still, there are some good ones out there. This is a summer azure, one of the two most common blue butterflies in Iowa.  You can tell the difference between them by how … Continue reading

Posted in butterflies, eastern tailed-blue, Silver-spotted skipper | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Failing at Butterflies (but working through it)

There is an old saying that a bad day fishing beats a good day at work.  The same is true about chasing butterflies.  Still, when you do something you love to do there are times it just does not work … Continue reading

Posted in butterflies, common buckeye, Junonia coenia, little yellow, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Weekend Photos

We had great weather for people this weekend.  It was a little too windy and cool for butterfly photography, though.  Still, I did get some shots. The milkweeds are still in bloom, and still drawing in butterflies like this gray … Continue reading

Posted in Biological diversity, butterflies, common buckeye, rural scenics, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Milkweed and Butterflies

We live along a gravel road, and on both sides there is plenty of common milkweed. Common milkweed, like most milkweed species, can be quite fragrant at times and is attractive to many different pollinators.  I especially like it when … Continue reading

Posted in butterflies, monarch, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

On Ripley Esker

One of my job duties requires me to go to Camp Ripley in Minnesota about every year.  We do an internal audit of our Environmental Management System, and since you cannot audit yourself (or the work you have done), we … Continue reading

Posted in Biological diversity, butterflies, dragonflies, insects | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Get ’em off, Get ’em off!

Dragonflies and damselflies can often be seen carrying a load of the parasitic larvae of water mites.  This damselfly (probably a familiar bluet) had an unusually large load. It is thought that they do not kill the damsels, but that … Continue reading

Posted in Biological diversity, damselflies, insects, Uncategorized | Tagged | 2 Comments