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American Lady Vanessa virginiensis

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

August 18, 2017 03:25 PM CDT

Description

Nectaring on ironweed along with a number of Painted Ladies

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Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

September 24, 2017

Description

Growing along a path in a sunny location on the grounds of the Mystic Aquarium

Observed and collected by Sylvia Carter - photo of dried plant sample

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

July 13, 2017 11:59 AM CDT

Description

Nectaring among mowed-off weeds in a Monarch Butterfly habitat planting

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

October 8, 2017 10:55 AM CDT

Description

One nectaring in a Buddleia bush

Observed and photographed by Crystal Collison

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

September 8, 2017 06:11 PM CDT

Description

This was just one nectaring of hundreds observed that day by Dan Borchardt, a biologist from Pheasants Forever, in his home prairie.

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

October 8, 2017 11:45 AM CDT

Description

Tattered individual nectaring on Russian Sage. Saw about 25 meandering and nectaring on dandelions and other flowers, and eight migrating in directions ranging from from south-southeast to south-southwest. These were flying from 30-60 cm above the ground against a brisk south wind.

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Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

August 15, 2017 09:08 AM CDT

Description

Fresh sprout growing in an open floodplain field near riparian woods

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stinging nettle Urtica dioica

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

August 15, 2017 09:07 AM CDT

Description

Growing in a floodplain field near the edge of riparian woods

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

September 12, 2017 10:50 AM CDT

Description

Observed and photographed by John Shier.

"The painted lady was photographed yesterday [September 12]. This location is a "hot spot" for late butterflies as it has 10-15 acres with the late-blooming asters you see in the picture. I counted 33 painted ladies in an hour. The location is adjacent to the Mississippi.

"There was an abundance of flowers. If the distribution of butterflies was purely random I would rarely have seen two at the same time. In fact most of them were in bunches."

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

September 14, 2017 04:30 PM CDT

Description

Observed and photographed by C. J. Long.

"Flowers were covered w/these when I approached at about 4:30p.m. on 9/14/2017."

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Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

September 7, 2017

Description

Growing in an open area near the east shore of Lake Cornelia

The photo shows a dried plant sample from this location.

Collected by Sylvia Carter

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Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

September 7, 2017

Description

Growing in an open ditch north of Lake Cornelia

The photo shows a dried plant sample from this location.

Collected by Sylvia Carter

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

September 15, 2017 05:40 PM CDT

Place

Ames, Iowa (Google, OSM)

Description

Many individuals nectaring on red clover. 26 Painted Ladies were captured while we were tagging Monarchs.

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

September 16, 2017 12:50 PM CDT

Description

One butterfly nectaring on tall ironweed.

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

September 6, 2017 10:34 AM CDT

Description

Observed and photographed by John Shier. This is one of many along the south bank of the Minnesota River. This one is nectaring on white snakeroot.

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Painted Lady Vanessa cardui

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

September 5, 2017 02:43 PM CDT

Description

Nectaring on a thistle flower head during an extensive southward migration

214 individuals were counted in 5 hours 32 minutes.
Flight directions were recorded for 174.
Mean flight direction: 171.8 degrees azimuth (flying slightly east of south)
From these data, there was 95% confidence that the actual mean flight direction was between 168.1 and 175.6 degrees.
Median flight direction: 171 degrees

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stinging nettle Urtica dioica

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

August 30, 2017 08:29 PM CDT

Description

Growing under a small tree near the corner of a garage

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Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

August 30, 2017 07:06 PM CDT

Description

Growing on the bank of the Muscatine Slough

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morning-glories, bindweeds, and allies Family Convolvulaceae

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

August 30, 2017 06:50 PM CDT

Description

Growing along an access road within the entrance of the refuge

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buttonbush Cephalanthus occidentalis

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

August 30, 2017 06:48 PM CDT

Description

Growing just inside the refuge entrance, at the edge of a marsh dominated by smartweed

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tickseed beggar-ticks Bidens aristosa

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

August 30, 2017 06:44 PM CDT

Description

Growing along a roadside near the refuge entrance. Bidens aristosa is what I've identified this plant to be so far, but I'm not completely sure which Bidens species it might be.

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Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

August 30, 2017 06:22 PM CDT

Description

Fifth-instar caterpillar resting on a twig lying on the ground near a common milkweed plant

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American hog-peanut Amphicarpaea bracteata

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

August 30, 2017 06:19 PM CDT

Description

Three-leaflet vine twined around a common milkweed. Growing abundantly in this roadside ditch and in the nearby forest.

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Milkweed Tussock Moth Euchaetes egle

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

August 30, 2017 06:21 PM CDT

Description

Three large larvae feeding on Common Milkweed

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Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

August 30, 2017 06:19 PM CDT

Description

Growing in a roadside ditch at the edge of a forest

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great blue lobelia Lobelia siphilitica

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

August 30, 2017 06:18 PM CDT

Description

A large clump of plants growing by the edge of a forest and along a roadside

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Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

August 30, 2017 05:37 PM CDT

Description

Growing along an open access road to the wildlife area

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stinging nettle Urtica dioica

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

August 30, 2017 05:27 PM CDT

Description

Growing along a sunlit trail passing through a wooded area

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stinging nettle Urtica dioica

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

August 30, 2017 04:57 PM CDT

Description

Growing in an open roadside

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Common Milkweed Asclepias syriaca

Observer

iowabiologist

Date

August 30, 2017 04:46 PM CDT

Description

Growing in a grassy alleyway between two dried-up marshy ponds

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