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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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Recent Butterflies

I have been lucky enough to have some time to photograph butterflies recently, and here are a few I have seen. This red-spotted purple was at The Ledges on Sunday. This eastern tiger swallowtail was visiting a wild bergamot in … Continue reading

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The Chase

Summer azures have multiple, overlapping broods in Iowa, according to The Butterflies of Iowa by Schlicht, Downey, and Nekola.  These seem a little worn and battered.   In the world of tiny butterflies these are no spring chickens.  In fact, … Continue reading

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Macro Techniques

I ran across a pair of summer azures, Celastrina neglecta, the other day, and was able to take a series of photographs.  I worked a little with the photographs, changing some of the camera settings, and I thought it would … Continue reading

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Shoe Butterfly

My sons are working detasseling jobs this summer.  Seed corn companies hire high-school and college aged kids to pull the male flower–the tassel–off of a corn plant to prevent pollination.  The corn plants are pollinated from rows of corn of … Continue reading

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The Summer Azure

Summer azures have been uncommon this year, but I did get a photo of this one.  I got a view of the spectacular blue dorsal surface of the wings, but I was not fast enough to get a photo of … Continue reading

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Common Beauty

The summer azure, Celastrina neglecta, is a common butterfly right now.  I have posted a number of photos of this species.  However, I can’t resist posting just one more.  

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Welcome Summer

The summer azure is starting to make an appearance now.  Two days ago there were none to be found.  Today I found several, obtaining nectar from the yellow sweet clover growing along our gravel road.   The summer azure is … Continue reading

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Summer Azure on Daisy Fleabane

The summer azure, Celastrina neglecta, is a fairly common butterfly in Iowa.  Daisy fleabane, Erigeron annuus is a common wildflower.  I have no special insights on either one.  I just liked the picture.

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Summer azure

This small blue butterfly is called the summer azure, Celastrina neglecta.  It is on a yellow sweet-clover flower.

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