Pipevine Swallowtail Cats

Today’s post features a couple of images from my recent visit to a wonderful, private butterfly garden near Paola, Kansas. The Pipevine Swallowtails were very busy around several Dutchman’s Pipevine plants that grow here. Here are a couple of favorite images: A small Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillar that we found on a Dutchman’s Pipevine leaf: Here […]

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None Fresher Than These!

During last week’s photo trip to a Master Gardener friend’s butterfly garden near Paola, KS, I was fortunate to watch a Pipevine Swallowtail as she laid her eggs on a Dutchman’s Pipevine plant (host plant for the Pipevine Swallowtail). I was unable to capture the actual egg laying process as she was about 18-inches above […]

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Monarch Caterpillar Macros

Yesterday I traveled to my Master Gardener friend’s butterfly garden near Paola, Kansas, for some photography. Today’s post includes a few of the images I captured of a single, Monarch Butterfly caterpillar that was busy feeding on a Milkweed plant. The caterpillar was very small, maybe 3/4-inch long at best. Here are my favorites images […]

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A Travel Snack

I recently made another trip to the wonderful butterfly garden of Lenora Larson, near Paola, Kansas. Her wonderful gardens were filled with color and a large variety of butterflies and pollinators that were busy collecting nectar as fall is rapidly approaching. One of my favorites on that morning was a few Monarchs that briefly stopped […]

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A Cautious Widow Skimmer

While touring a wonderful butterfly garden near Paola, Kansas last week, I found a somewhat wary Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) dragonfly, “hiding” behind a stem on the plant he was perched in: Moving slowly, I was able to move to my right to get an image from a slightly different angle: A short time later, […]

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Fun Friday: Monarch & Rattlesnake Interaction

The local Missouri Master Gardener group I’m a member of had a great week. On Wednesday morning we met and drove to a wonderful butterfly garden that a nearby Kansas Master Gardener established many years ago. We had a very educational tour from the local butterfly expert, learning much about the butterflies and the plants. […]

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Beddy-Bye Time

On my 2-day stopover in Quivira NWR in November, I was hoping to catch some migrating Whooping Cranes. Instead, all I got was several thousand Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) :o) Here are a few images I captured of groups of the cranes as they returned to the refuge in the evening, to roost: This gave […]

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Don’t Mess With Me!

Back in May, I visited nearby Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area, in eastern Kansas. As I drove around a large pool of water, I came upon a large Snapping Turtle that was crossing the road. I quickly pulled over and got out to capture a few images of this large reptile: These guys can get […]

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Avocets

I arrived at Quivira NWR (Kansas) yesterdy afternoon. No Whooping Cranes were seen, although small groups have been arriving/departing over the past few days. Hopefully, today I’ll find some Whoopers. But I did find some birds I don’t often see … the American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana): I’ll likely have a few more American Avocet images […]

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A Snapping Personality

First, I’d like to thank everyone for the kind mentions, comments and “Follows” on Twitter and Facebook during my recent absence. I have just returned from an art show in Springfield, Missouri. Had lots of fun, but it got awfully hot … temperatures on Sunday reached 94F, with full sun … gee, I’m not really […]

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