Monthly Archives: July 2014

Twelve-spotted Skimmer

Twelve-spotted Skimmer, Libellula pulchella I stumbled upon Noppadol Paothong this morning at the PGT. He was taking butterfly pictures for the Missouri Department of Conservation. As we were talking he pointed out this specacular dragonfly, the Twelve-spotted Skimmer. Noppadol is a … Continue reading

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Buttonbush for Butterflies

Now that the milkweeds are going to seed you have to look elsewhere to find butterflies. The golfball shaped flowers of Buttonbush is one of the best. This shrub is native to all the North America except the Northwest. I … Continue reading

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White-lined Sphinx

White-lined Sphinx, Hyles lineata I rarely photograph moths at the Prairie Garden Trust because they tend to fly at night. Sometimes I’m lucky and catch one during daylight like this White-lined Sphinx feeding on phlox. It would be easy to mistake … Continue reading

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PGT Butterfly Walk – Saturday August 2nd – Please attend!

The purple spike flowers of Prairie Blazing Star are reaching peak bloom. That will help attract butterflies for the Butterfly Walk that will be held next week. The walk is free and open to the public. It starts at 10 … Continue reading

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We still have Quail!

On a walk this morning I heard the loud clear whistle of Northern Bobwhite. It is one of my favorite summer sounds. The new Sibley Guide to Birds describes them as “Uncommon, local and declining.” We are lucky that they … Continue reading

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Halloween Pennant

Halloween Pennant, Celithemis eponina   I found this spectacular dragonfly at the edge of the 5-acre Prairie this afternoon. Halloween Pennants have always been my favorite dragonfly. I love the “Halloween” colors.

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Tiger Swallowtail

 Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus With ideal moisture and temperatures the prairie plants are especially lush this year. That means lots of flowers and lots of butterflies. I photographed this Eastern Tiger swallowtail feeding on Wild Bergamot this morning.

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