Category Archives: Prairie Natural History

Saving Pollinators One Thistle at a Time

Pollinator populations are in trouble for a lot of reasons.  Loss and degradation of habitat, pesticides, and diseases are all major contributors.  However, at least in the Central United States, much of the pollinator decline can be tied to spiny … Continue reading

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The Gluttonous Crab Spider

The following post was written by Evan Barrientos, of our two Hubbard Fellows for this year.  Evan is a talented writer and photographer, and if you enjoy this post, I encourage you to check out his personal blog as well.  …For the … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – August 21, 2015

How could you look at this spider and not think it’s cute? Unfortunately, many people will look at this photo and recoil.  I’ve gotten so used to handling and admiring spiders and other invertebrates that I forget most of the … Continue reading

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Killer Thistles

Two years ago, I posted some photos of ants and other insects that had died on the sticky lower portion of thistle flowers.  At the time, I speculated about whether or not the sticky bracts below the thistle blossoms were … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – August 13, 2015

Nebraska has 108 species of grasshoppers.  They come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, and generally speaking, the further west you go in the state, the more species you can find.  While on a short trip to … Continue reading

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Double flowered sunflowers

When you look at a sunflower, you’re really looking at a composite of tiny flowers, or florets.  The same is true for asters, daisies, and other members of the composite family of plants.  The colorful “petals” of a sunflower are … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – July 30, 2015

During our trip to the Grassland Restoration Network workshop in Minnesota last week, several of us got up early enough to catch sunrise at The Nature Conservancy’s Bluestem Prairie on two beautiful mornings.  I shared a few photos from those … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – July 16, 2015

Scaly blazingstar (Liatris squarrosa) is just starting to bloom in the Platte River Prairies.  It has beautiful and intricate flowers with very long anthers protruding from its tiny blossoms.  At least it usually does… I was photographing some blazingstar flowers … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – July 9, 2015

Upright yellow coneflower (Ratibida columnifera), aka Mexican hat, is blooming all over the Platte River Prairies right now.  As with most showy flowers, the coneflowers are crawling with insects of many kinds.  I spent a fun half hour (31 minutes, … Continue reading

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My Little Buddy

What would you do if a big hairy bug landed on your hand?  Smash it?  Flick it off?  Hop and and down, flail your arms, and make loud high pitched noises? Well, you COULD do one of those things.  OR, … Continue reading

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