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Jeff Lampe
Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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August 1: Picture of the Day

August 01, 2010 at 10:17 PM

The monarchs did not show up today.

I spent nearly all day in or around the yard without seeing a single monarch.

But for some reason, today was a day for painted ladies. Several stopped by to visit my coneflowers. And that was great, since these common butterflies are to me even more impressive than a monarch. For one thing, they’ve got the cool eyes on their backs to scare off predators. And the fact that they’ve got different patterns on the tops and bottoms of their wings is impressive, I think.

Based on a cursory review of Web information, I learned that August is the time to see these butterflies in central Illinois. So maybe today’s sightings make sense. Click here to read more about painted ladies. Or just admire their impressive wings.

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