Tag Archives: Regal Fritillary

A Day Spent Chasing Butterflies

I went to Rolling Thunder and Medora Prairies in south-central Iowa yesterday.  I will be inviting people along with me on a butterfly walk in a couple of weeks (July 2), and I thought I would check things out before … Continue reading

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What is your State Butterfly

A number of the states here in the U.S. designate state birds, state flowers, and even state soil types.  Some have either state butterflies or state insects (or both).  Iowa does not currently have a state butterfly, but some folks … Continue reading

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Royalty, Just Above the Mud

Yesterday I went to Medora Prairie, which is owned by The Nature Conservancy, in search of the magnificent regal fritillary,  Speyeria idalia.  I did find some, but most were where I had not expected to see them.  The limited access … Continue reading

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Chasing the Regal Fritillary

Western prairies have a butterfly that is magnificently beautiful.  The name regal, which is part of its common name describes it. The regal fritillary is about the size of a monarch, and is a lovely dark brown with silvery spots … Continue reading

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