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Backyard Butterfly Tonight

There was a red admiral flying around the back yard tonight.  It would fly around and land on a small stump left over from when we cut down a pear tree last fall.  Then it would fly again, and land … Continue reading

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A Little Dose of Butterfly

I spent about six and a half hours in a car today–most of it for work.  Nothing wears me out quite as much as driving or riding in a car for hours.  My muscles stiffen up and I find it … Continue reading

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First Butterfly of the Year (For Me)

We have had reports of butterflies here in Iowa since the last week in February–unusually early.  I did not see my first butterfly until yesterday, however. Yesterday I saw red admirals.  There were at least three, and they chased each … Continue reading

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Hanging on

I was looking at some of the photos I took this summer, and ran across some photos I took in June of a red admiral.  The pictures did not seem too remarkable at the time, but I had not noticed … 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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Up Close and Personal

This red admiral let me get within a few inches so I could take its picture.   The photo was reduced in size but not cropped.  I did get that close.   I could have caught him with my fingers.

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Hard to See

The red admiral is a spectacularly beautiful butterfly that can be difficult to see, especially when it is on the dead leaves found on the forest floor. Lots of bright colors, yet somehow it still blends in.

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Catching the Last Rays

Red admirals are active late in the day when the weather is warm.  This one flew around rapidly, but stopped to bask in the last rays of sun for a few minutes. I see them high up in trees or … Continue reading

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First Butterfly of the Year

I saw my first butterfly of the year today.  It wasn’t this one–I didn’t get a picture.  But it was a red admiral. I never get tired of red admirals.

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Admiral or Admirable?

I have been reading Robert Michael Pyle’s Mariposa Road.  When I went to the Texas Butterfly Festival last October I met the man and got an autographed copy of his book. He mentions often that he thinks the common name … Continue reading

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