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Save the Poweshiek Skipper

Several years ago I worked with Grinnell College on a project that intended to promote awareness of the Poweshiek skipper, Oarisma poweshiek and also promote its conservation by re-introducing it from counties in the northern part of Iowa to Poweshiek and adjacent … Continue reading

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The History of the Butterfly, Part 35: A New Hesperian

The description of Hesperia powesheik (which became Oarisma poweshiek) starts as follows: “An undescribed species was found by the writer, abundantly, on a grassy prairie slope, at Grinnell, Iowa, June 21, 1870.  Thirty-one male and two females were taken, all … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, Part 12: The Poet Again

In 1870 Henry Parker wrote the scientific description for the Poweshiek skipper.  That same year, he left Iowa and accepted a position at the Massachusetts Agricultural College as the college preacher, and also as professor of “Mental, Moral, and Social Science.” In … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly, part 9: Prairie Fire

Josiah B. Grinnell was on his deathbed when he finished his autobiography, Men and Events of Forty Years, Autobiographical Reminiscences of an Active Career, 1850 to 1890 .  He asked his longtime friend and Auburn Theological Seminary classmate, Henry W. Parker (the poet who … Continue reading

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History of the Butterfly Part 6: Another View of Kishkekosh

“Keokuk received Captain Allen with superb dignity, and at once the march to the council tent began.  Keokuk, the magnificent, kingly of mien and stature, headed the procession robed in his most regal costume, and attended by a retinue as gorgeous … Continue reading

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