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Hanging Out by the Swamp Milkweed

Big Creek State Park is an artificial lake in Polk County Iowa.  On the north side of the lake is a little used boat access–mostly used by people with canoes and kayaks.  The boat ramp is gravel mixed with mud, … Continue reading

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More Bugs

I spent a little bit of time yesterday at Big Creek State Park. This is a sand wasp, a Bembix species.  This was a very noisy, active wasp.  It was hard to photograph because it was so active. Another wasp–smaller, not … Continue reading

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A Nice Summer Day

We had a really nice day today–warm but not too hot.  I took advantage and visited Big Creek Park near one of the backwater areas.  Swamp milkweed was in bloom and attracting lots of visitors. This unusual fly is common … Continue reading

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The Other Milkweeds

I find the seed pods of common milkweed visually interesting–my last post was about them.  I thought I would check out some of the other species of milkweed we have, and see what their seed pods look like. Swamp milkweed, … Continue reading

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A Really Big Butterfly

The bioblitz I went to yesterday is for the Iowa Wildlife Center.  It is a new wildlife rehabilitation center that will be located on previously farmed ground.  There is some pretty good woodland on the area that probably has not … Continue reading

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