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Searching for Something

I went to Christiansen Forest Preserve with my camera today.  It was humid and cloudy, and seemed ready to rain.  It seemed a little too cloudy for butterflies, but I was hoping that I find something that inspired me a … Continue reading

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Critters from Yesterday and Today

I have been lucky enough to get out and chase butterflies and other critters this weekend.  Yesterday I went to Big Creek State Park in Polk County, Iowa and today I went to Medora Prairie in Warren County, Iowa. This … Continue reading

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Catch of the Day

I am doing a workshop for a local event called Day of Insects.  My workshop is actually  on March 23, 2018, a day prior to the main event.  I am no kind of expert on snails, but I am an … Continue reading

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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

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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

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Yesterday and Today

I went to Medora Prairie yesterday, which is a TNC preserve located east of New Virginia, Iowa.  This area is home to some of Iowa’s rarest butterflies.  While I did not see any of the rare ones, I did get … Continue reading

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Spring has Retreated

I was very happy to see the crocus bloom last week.  But the warm weather that helped the crocus bloom quickly turned cold.  We had about an inch of snow, most of which melted.  It is still cold, and we … Continue reading

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More Insects

Here are some photos from yesterday. A dance fly, possibly Empis clausa. Peck’s skipper, Polites peckius. And a small bee, possibly Ceratina. The weather is still nice, but turning to autumn.

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White Pelicans in Flight

Yesterday I spent some time at Saylorville Reservoir and watched some white pelicans in flight. My photos do not do them justice.  These huge birds have a graceful, soaring flight.  When seen from a distance they are magnificent.  As the … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Critters

I saw some neat critters yesterday as I was wandering around with my camera. This is a tachnid fly, probably a Cylindromyia sp.   A bullfrog found his way across the lawn. A Blanchard’s cricket frog hopped along the edge of … Continue reading

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