Category Archives: 2022

Birth of a Monarch

Today’s post features a link to a 2-minute video I made a few days ago, as a Monarch butterfly was “born”, emerging from it’s chrysalis, in my indoor Monarch nursery. This video was captured in real time. To view this amazing process, click on this YouTube link:   Coming up … I’m now beginning work […]

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Monarch Migration at Peak

Today’s post features a few images I’ve captured in the church butterfly garden (Lake of the Ozarks, MO) over the past few days. The Monarch migration certainly seemed to be suppressed this year, supporting many accounts I have read about their numbers being down. Here are a few images. An adult Monarch seeking nectar from […]

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Skippers

Today’s post features a common visitor to the butterfly garden … one of the smaller, skipper butterflies. These images were captured while one of the skippers was busy seeking nectar from one of the swamp milkweed flowers in the garden: Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 camera body Canon 180mm, f/3.5 macro lens Handheld, […]

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Recent Visitors

Today’s post features a common visitor to the butterfly garden … the Clearwing Hummingbird Moth. As I tend the church butterfly garden, these small, interesting critters are often seen flying and hovering about the blooms:   Coming up … more butterfly garden imagaes.   Photographic Equipment Used: Canon 5D Mark 3 camera body Canon 180mm, […]

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Coming Out Party

Today’s post features a few images I captured late last week in my indoor photo studio. Knowing the Monarch migration would soon be underway, I set up some mesh, butterfly houses and a tripod with camera, all in my spare bedroom. When I began finding Monarch eggs last week, I collected what I could find […]

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Two Monarch Faves

Today’s post features a couple of the Monarch butterfly’s favorite plants in my butterfly garden … the Tropical Milkweed and the Swamp Milkweed. Both these plants are “host plants” for the Monarch butterfly. Through sensing organs in the Monarch butterfly’s feet, they can identify Milkweed plants and then can lay eggs on the plant, if […]

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Bumbling Thru the Swamp

Today’s post comes from the butterfly garden, a couple of weeks ago here in the Missouri Ozarks. While photographing butterflies, this Bumble Bee flew in and spent quite a lot of time collecting nectar from the Swamp Milkweed plants that are located in the garden: Coming up … more observations from the butterfly garden.   […]

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Return of Royalty

Today’s post features some images I captured yesterday in the church butterfly garden, here in the Ozarks of Missouri. I’ve been waiting for the always fun fall migration of Monarch butterflies here and just the last couple of days has seen the initial arrival of these beautiful migrants! As I watered the church gardens a […]

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Buckeye Butterfly

Today’s post features an image I captured yesterday in the church butterfly garden, here at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. While cleaning up the garden, this Buckeye butterfly flew in and began collecting nectar from one of the butterfly bushes in the garden: Coming up … more butterflies from this garden as they begin […]

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Can U See Me Now?

Today’s post features some of the incredible ways our wildlife can “hide” from us in plain sight! While photographing woodland wildflowers a few years ago, I ran across this Gray Tree Frog, complete with his “camo” clothes. Resting on the woodland floor, he easily fades into his surroundings. Fortunately for me, he moved a bit […]

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