Jeffrey Belth


Tawny Crescent

“If you need to stop, stop! You’re not forty anymore you know…” With this advice Sandy sent me off to Huron National Forest in Michigan to look for Tawny Crescents. Crescents in the eastern United States are a confusing bunch, with possibly several species hidden… Read more

Goat’s Beard

I recently spent a week watching the Goat’s Beard growing by our front door. Goat’s Beard (Aruncus dioicus) is member of the Rose Family (Rosaceae). I first became aware of the plant when searching for Dusky Azures in the early 2000s. Goat’s Beard… Read more

Gravel Magic

As I mentioned in my previous post about Zebra Swallowtails, gravel roads can be great places to look for butterflies. After rain, when the gravel is damp and mud forms in bare spots, many opportunities arise for close observation of butterflies. Last week I finally… Read more

Olympia Marble

On Sunday, May 8, Sandy and I led a butterfly walk at Miller Woods and Miller Beach in Lake County as part of the Indiana Dunes Birding Festival. We met the outing participants at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, gave a brief PowerPoint show to… Read more


Spring officially arrived here in southern Indiana on March 14. We were just returning from a short trip and I parked the car in our driveway. Sandy stepped out of the car and suddenly said, “Azure!” She had flushed a beautiful male azure from the… Read more
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