More Flying Beauties




Today’s post features some more winged beauties I photographed in my rural Missouri butterfly garden a few days ago. I’m hoping the rain eventually ends so that I can get back out and photograph more of these beauties. As fall approaches, a lot of the fall wildflowers (several species of asters) are preparing to bloom […]

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Common Milkweed Lovers




As a followup to yesterday’s post of the Common Milkweed wildflower, today’s post contains some of the prairie critters that are attracted to this lovely plant: A Green Lacewing, searching for small insects: A pair of love-struck Red Milkweed Beetles mating: Two fly species )unidentified): And two different (unidentified) moths: Noticeably absent was the Monarch […]

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Another Purple Aster Admirer




Another critter attracted to the purple asters in my rural Missouri wildflower garden is an unidentified Moth species (species unknown, but similar to the Colona moth). Moving about the wildflowers, he continuously worked at collecting nectar from the purple flowers: I gotta say that this fall, my colorful wildflower garden has been a “critter magnet”. […]

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A Wet Morning




First, if you had difficulties opening up yesterday’s post, I apologize. Apparently there was an issue with the link and when one clicked on it, it said that nothing was there. After being alerted to this issue (late last evening), I went in and corrected the problem. So if you missed the wonderful crab spiders […]

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Colorful Caterpillar




A few days ago, we found a number of colorful caterpillars on Gaura wildflowers in my Cass County wildflower garden. At first glance, they looked like Monarchs, but as I got closer, I discovered they were Clouded Crimson Moth caterpillars. Here are a couple of my favorite images from that first encounter: In case you’re […]

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Giant Moth




After some early evening mowing last night, I pulled the tractor back to the walk-out basement and parked. As I walked into the basement I noticed this beautiful moth that was perched on the outside wall: Haven’t had time to try to identify it yet, but will when I get a few minutes. Photographic Equipment […]

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A Gentle Giant




(This post originally published in October 2010) I conducted another outing to the prairie meadow yesterday morning, after the previous morning’s wonderful findings. Yesterday was again quite productive. I first did some wildflower photography, especially trying to make some pleasing blurs as the flowers gently swayed in the light breeze. But I also came upon […]

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Unusual Prairie Resident




During my trek around Prairie State Park last week, I was checking out some rather unusual flowers (I’ll feature them in an upcoming post) when my eyes focused in on a very bright object just a few feet from me. As I closed in on the object, I realized it was a moth that was […]

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Clearly, A New Friend




On my last trip out to the Prairie Meadow to check out the wildflower/wildlife activity, I came upon this cute little guy, who I first thought was a bumble bee. But as I approached it, I could tell it was definitely not a bumbler … I had found my first of year (FOY) Clearwing Moth! […]

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