A Life Critter




A few days ago, while photographing asters in my wildflower garden, I was focused in tightly on an aster bud when I noticed a nearby aster plant branch moving. I took a minute to look over the area and found a new, “life” caterpillar on the aster plant. After a few days of working at […]

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Mystery Solved!




Yesterday I spent the day at a wonderful Master Gardener program in Nevada, Missouri. A group of 4 of us left Cass County and traveled to Nevada for the all day program. The morning session was all about butterfly gardening, including information on our native butterflies and moths, butterfly needs and how to establish a […]

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Colorful Caterpillar




I just returned home last night, from a 10-day trip to Minnesota. A lot of interesting experiences, as well as visiting with relatives on my wife’s side. One of the areas I photographed was the North Shore area, along Lake Superior. At Grand Marais, I stopped to photograph the lighthouse in the harbor. While walking […]

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Fun Friday: The Hairy-leaved Prairie Plant”




From yesterday’s prairie outing, I found this “hairy-leaved” prairie plant:   You’ve probably already realized that’s not what this is … it is a white caterpillar that is feeding on the underside of a prairie plant. Unfortunately, it was very low to the ground, so I could not get a good shot of the caterpillar. […]

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Nature’s Recycling (Re-post)




(This post originally published in September, 2010) As I meandered around the Prairie Meadow the other day, I came across this Monarch Butterfly caterpillar (Danaus plexippus) feeding on a Common Milkweed plant. As I moved in close and watched it, it was literally having a feeding frenzy on a milkweed leaf. As I watched it, […]

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And Yet Some More Prairie Images (Re-post)




(This post originally published in August, 2010) Here are a few more images made in the Prairie Meadow the other day. This first image is a Buckeye Butterfly (Junonia coenia) that let me get extremely close to it:   A short distance later, I ran upon one of the many Large Wood Nymph Butterflies (Cercyonis […]

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Hungry Little Varmints!




While hiking the prairie trails at Prairie State Park (southwest Missouri), I came upon a stand of lovely Gaura wildflower (Gaura biennis) plants in rich bloom:   A short distance later, I discovered a Gaura plant that was pretty ragged looking:   I closely inspected the plant, but could not find what was eating the […]

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