Monthly Archives: June 2014

Pipevine Swallowtails Mating

 Pipevine Swallowtails, Battus philenor I wasn’t sure what was waving like a flag on a grass stalk in the prairie this morning. On closer inspection I found these two Butterflies mating. That’s a first for me. Thanks to Donna Brunet for … Continue reading

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Blue Dasher on a Lily Bud

Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis   Pointing the abdomen strait up like this is called obelisking. Dragonflies do that on hot days like today. The raised abdomen reduces the surface area so there is less solar gain. I took this picture this … Continue reading

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Eastern Pondhawk

Eastern Pondhawk, Erythemis simplicicollis These are ferocious dragonflies, attacking even each other. I found this female in a draw in the middle of the prairie today.

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Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur, Colias philodice. This is one of the most common butterflies at the Prairie Garden Trust and much of America; you can even find them in Alaska. Here it is feeding on one of it’s host plants: red clover. They … Continue reading

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Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail, Papilio cresphontes This butterfly lives up to it’s name; it’s huge! With a wingspread of over 6-inches it’s the largest butterfly in all of North America. I photographed this one yesterday on a Butterfly Weed close to the front … Continue reading

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Blue Dasher

There are wonderful details to be seen when you get up close with a dragonfly face-to-face. This is a Blue Dasher that I photographed yesterday around one of our ponds.Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis There are wonderful details to be seen when … Continue reading

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Dragonfly Sex!

Arrowhead Spiketail, Cordulegaster obliqua I found this attractive couple mating near our house last week. They are in the “wheel” formation which is typical for dragonflies. I’m told by Paul McKenzie that I was lucky to find these Arrowhead Spiketails; they … Continue reading

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Tiger Swallowtail

Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus The butterfly weeds started to bloom today and it’s easy to see how the orange flowered plant got it’s name; it’s a butterfly magnet! Here you can see a Tiger Swallowtail feeding on the flowers as they … Continue reading

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Chestnut-sided Warbler – It’s not supposed to be here!

Chestnut-sided Warbler – It’s not supposed to be here! For the last couple days I thought I was hearing a Chestnut-sided Warbler singing at our house. That surprised me because all the books show them as nesting much farther north. … Continue reading

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Butterflies are back!

Great Spangled Fritillary, Speyeria cybele I’m happy to report that the butterflies are back. The drought two years ago really knocked them back but I’m seeing lots of them now. This is a Great Spangled Fritillary that I photographed yesterday on … Continue reading

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