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More Bug Watching

Thistles are spectacular for their ability to attract butterflies and other pollinators.  When the thistles are at their peak, they attract not only the largest, most beautiful butterflies, but also the smaller skippers and bees, wasps, and flies of all … Continue reading

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Silver Spotted Skippers

Monday, before the tragic encounter I had with a deer (which was noted in yesterday’s post), I walked along the road near our house.  I saw some beautiful silver-spotted skippers, Epargyreus clarus drinking nectar from the flower of a thistle.  At … Continue reading

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Red Admiral

It’s getting late in the year for butterflies.  Most that I see are old and ragged from the few weeks of hard living that they have been through.  I ran across this red admiral, however, which was still in pretty … Continue reading

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The Silver Spotted Skipper

The silver-spotted skipper is a stocky fireplug of a butterfly, bouncing around from flower to flower. They are common right now.  Both of the photographs here were taken within the last two days.  One of the things I find charming … Continue reading

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Autumn Flowers (and Weeds)

Flowers and other plants look a lot different in the autumn than they do earlier.  I found this small white aster at the edge of a trail on our property. I think this one is field thistle–it is a thistle … Continue reading

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