July 14, 2008

In the field with butterfly lovers, Severson Dells Nature Center, Rockford, Illinois. Photo by Sally Agnew.

A compliant Tawny Emperor poses for identification (it came on its own). Photo by Sally Agnew.

Regal Fritillary, one of hundreds in an Illinois milkweed meadow. Photo by Jim Wiker.

With Jim Wiker, the immensely helpful co-author of The Skippers of Illinois and reigning authority on the handsome and fascinating, root-boring moths in the genus Papeipema; and Don Miller, education director of the superb Severson Dells Nature Center, great naturalist, and generally good guy. These fellas showed Bob a fine time in the Midwest, assisted by plenty of mosquitoes, chiggers, and ticks. Photo by Sally Agnew.