A burying beetle caring for a brood of larvae on a carcass ball
One Red Admiral occupying a territory and returning repeatedly to perch on this stump
Joint territory occupant on the west wall of Catt Hall, Iowa State University.
A "two-headed" butterfly occupying a territory on the west wall of Catt Hall on the Iowa State University campus.
Second butterfly of the season, first of nine for the day, perching in and patrolling a territory east of Beardshear Hall on the Iowa State University campus
Growing on a log covered with moss and landscape fabric
Large patches growing on the floor of a riparian forest
Cocoon attached to the north side of a silver maple tree on the Skunk River floodplain
This Nettle patch was found in an open meadow area surrounded by eucalyptus trees, willow, oak & sycamore; they were growing intermixed with Mallow, Wild Radish, Mustard, Veronica and grasses. They were growing on a gentle North-facing slope. Across the pathway from this patch, about 30 to 40 feet north, there is a small seasonal riparian or drainage gully with more willows. --R. Eckert
Growing in a moist area near the outflow of a warm spring. Very short plants (about 60 cm high)
Growing at the north edge of a gravel parking lot
Growing in wet prairie in the Grant Creek floodplain
Growing in a drainage area between two prairie hillsides
Searching for soil insects in a plowed potato field. Known locally as Abu Qirdan (friend of the farmer) because it eats insects and nematodes.
Flying and nectaring on a wild mustard
Flying through a potato field before resting on a stack of banana stems.
First one seen this year. Resting on the ground, then flew up and perched in a crabapple tree.
Growing in a small hollow along the bank of the Skunk River
New sprouts growing near the bank of the Skunk River within a thicket of saplings
Brown seed head in the woods near the Onion Creek overlook. Photo by Ron Gardner.
Saw four bluebirds (2 male, 2 female) foraging in our wooded backyard near the top of the hill for about 10 minutes before they left the area. These were the first ones I saw here this year.
FYI - Saw one Red Admiral Butterfly in Irvine, Orange County, California yesterday in my yard, there are lots of nettles growing in a riparian area nearby.
It was nectaring on my tropical Milkweed, I do not know what direction it was traveling.
It has been unusually cold and rainy here, so I was surprised to see it already, this is the first Red Admiral I have ever seen in my garden.
- Robin A. Eckert
Growing in the understory of a mostly-harvested banana grove
This butterfly was flying through a mostly-harvested banana grove when it dropped down and fell upside-down on the ground. Two more were seen flying through the field during the next 20 minutes.
Flowering nettle plants growing in a banana grove next to the Rosetta branch of the Nile. This riparian location is very near the point where Beheira, Menofia, and Gharbia governorates intersect.
Growing in an irrigated garden plot behind the market area near Cleopatra Spring. Partial sun - part of the understory beneath date palm and olive trees.
Local name: Abu 'Effein
A small, partly-worn individual flying and basking in a mostly-harvested banana field.
Growing on rocky ground near the temple of Om Obaidah in the Siwa Oasis.
Growing in partial shade as part of the understory of a banana grove. Flowers are larger than those of Urtica dioica, and the leaves are more deeply toothed. This plant also has a higher moisture content than do our typical North American U. dioica plants.
One of three that I saw near the Cleopatra Spring east of Siwa. Two landed in irrigated garden beds beneath date palms; this one was flying around in the area. A third one flew out of the garden area toward the spring.