Category Archives: Butterflies & Moths

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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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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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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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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