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What’s Bugging Milkweed?

As I walked a small prairie here in Aurora, Nebraska a few weeks ago, several species of milkweed were flowering abundantly, including butterfly milkweed (Ascelepias tuberosa), showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa), and common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).  As always, the milkweed plants were hosting a number … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – April 5, 2013

A few shorebirds are starting to show up along the Platte River.  The first to come each spring are usually the ubiquitous and noisy killdeer, followed by the taller and more reserved yellowlegs. As the season progresses, we’ll see a great … Continue reading

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Evolution in Milkweed-Eating Insects

Not many insects can feed on milkweed.  Milkweed plants produce a toxin that disables a protein in animals – a protein that facilitates important functions such as muscle contraction.  Only a small number of insect species around the world have evolved ways to get around this … Continue reading

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A Soldier Beetle Occupation

Everywhere I look, I see soldier beetles. They’re in my yard, they’re in my prairies, and now I think they’re getting into my head (figuratively speaking).  The linden tree in our front yard is blooming this week, and every flower is loaded … Continue reading

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