Saturday, July 26, 2014

Black Beauty

     Black swallowtails bring beauty and joy wherever encountered.  This is a photo essay of one of nature's most attractive insects on a variety of nectar sources taken in a span of just a few minutes.  This is a fantastic year for butterflies in the Kansas Outback as its been a great year for many flowering plants providing both host plants for caterpillars and food for the adults.  Enjoy!

A male black swallowtail on Baldwin's ironweed.

This male swallowtail is enjoying some canna nectar.

This swallowtail shows the attractive undersides while on a prairie sunflower.

The male black swallowtail exhibits larger yellow spots on its upper wings than the female.

A Wheel bug is one of the Assassin bugs and is stalking a Black swallowtail caterpillar.  Poised to strike for several minutes, it decided not to attack, proving the value of the key defensive feature of the foul-tasting Black swallowtail larvae.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Why I Hate Kansas

A recent tour of our country roads reminded me of why I hate Kansas so much.  See captions below for my explanations of my misery.  

The countryside is so ugly.

Life is just way too fast-paced.

The wildlife is menacing.

There's nothing to eat.

Mmmmm mulberries are horrible.
The roads are sooooo crowded!

Happy 4th where ever you are!