Category Archives: Insects

Preventing Tick Bites

Today was “Tick Treatment” Day at the PGT. Every year in early spring I dip all of our outdoor clothing in permethrin to prevent tick and chigger bites. I prefer this to using insect repellants like DEET which is found … Continue reading

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Polyester Bee – A Native Bee that Makes Plastic

This afternoon while photographing the tiny golden flowers of Aromatic Sumac I got this shot of a native bee. I didn’t know what they were and asked around. Mike Arduser identified these as Colletes inaequalis. They are nick-named Polyester Bees … Continue reading

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Tick Treatment

Today was “Tick Treatment” Day at the PGT. Every year in early spring I dip all of our outdoor clothing in permethrin to prevent tick and chigger bites. I prefer this to using insect repellants like DEET which is found … Continue reading

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My Favorite Wildflower Nursery

Missouri Wildflower Nursery is my favorite place to get plants so I was honored when they asked to use my picture on the cover of this years catalog. The picture (shown here) is a Monarch caterpillar munching on a Swamp … 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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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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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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Blue Dasher Dragonfly

Blue Dasher Dragonfly A Blue Dasher taken at Potter’s Lake this afternoon. The scientific name for this insect is Pachydiplax longipennis. It’s worth noting that “longipennis” means long-winged and not…well you know…

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