These are specimens that I have personally encountered in nature in my home state of Iowa. They are found at home in my back yard, at my outdoor job, out on a country road or even in town. I love finding (intentionally or accidently) new species that I have never seen or that are very rare. Some Items are very common--I think they deserve recognition too.
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Papillio polyxenes--Black Swallowtail. Found Van Meter, IA. Aug/11
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Swallowtail butterfly on Blazing Star (Liatris or Gayfeather)
Passerina cyanea--Indigo Bunting. Found Van Meter, Ia. Aug/11
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."..I could be indigo bunting blue
We are delighted to have an Indigo Bunting visiting our finch feeder--same size as a gold finch, but bright blue!
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Polyporus squamosus--Pheasant's Back Mushroom. Found Maxwell, IA. May/11
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Polyporus squamosus is an basidiomycete bracket fungus, with common names including Dryad's saddle and Pheasant's back. (photo by Dan Molter, Mushroom Observer)
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Polyporus squamosus - Two thickly stemmed brownish mushrooms with scales on the upper surface, growing out of a tree trunk.
Polyporus squamosus on Kinderhook Trail, Wayne National Forest, Ohio, USA, growing on a dead elm tree.
Thamnophis sirtalis--Eastern Garter Snake Found Van Meter, IA. July/11