Monthly Archives: August 2014

Swallowtail on Sunflower

Rosinweed, Silphium integrifolium As summer progresses I find it increasingly difficult to identify the confusing mix of sunflowers. Books such as “Ozark Wildflowers” by Don Kurz really help. The flower here is called Rosinweed. The butterfly is another Easter Tiger Swallowtail. … Continue reading

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Monarchs Mating

Monarch, Danaus plexippus This is what butterfly sex looks like! I found this couple of Monarch butterflies joined together today in the middle of the prairie. At first I saw them flying jointed like this and I had no idea what … Continue reading

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Milkweeds for Monarchs

Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus, Chip Taylor at Monarch Watch promotes planting Milkweeds as a way to help save the Monarchs. This afternoon I had a chance to observe first hand why he suggests that. I watched this butterfly in the … Continue reading

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Hummingbird Clearwing

Hummingbird Clearwing, Hemaris thysbe This morning I found another moth that could be mistaken for a hummingbird. It’s name is very helpful since not only does it look like a hummingbird but it has clear wings. The moth is sucking nectar … Continue reading

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