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Chasing, Commas

It is sunny and windy today.  About a half-dozen eastern commas are visiting the fallen apples, along with a host of other insects. Eastern commas cannot resist the juices of the fermenting apples. When they find it they sit and … Continue reading

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Skipper IDs Can Be Tricky

Yesterday I posted a photo that I identified as a “little glassywing.”  I think I was wrong, though. The shot is far from perfect.  It could be that, but I think that it is more likely that it was a … Continue reading

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Great Chief of Butterflies

Sachem is a Native American–Algonquian term for the major chief of a tribe or group of tribes.  The name is a little pretentious for a small, dull colored butterfly. The sachem is wide-spread grass skipper.  Its scientific name is Atalopedes … Continue reading

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When Plants Fail

I usually enjoy late September, although there seems to be something missing this year.  We have a plant called New England aster, Aster novae-angliae.  It is one of the native prairie plants, but it is also often planted along roadsides … Continue reading

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A Field of Butterflies

Butterfies are normally very common this time of year.  But we have had a drought, and they seem a lot less common than normal. Today my wife and I went on a trip to southern Iowa–she was doing some geneological … Continue reading

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Late Season Butterflies

I took this week off as a vacation from work.  As a result, I have been able to get out in the middle of the day to photograph butterflies. The weather has been beautiful, although just a little bit on … Continue reading

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