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Tag Archives: grasshopper
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
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
I’ve been on a family vacation to the Corpus Christi, Texas area this week. It’s been a great week, with pleasant weather and lots of beach exploration. I’ll have more photos to share next week, but today wanted to share … Continue reading
I’ve always had a difficult time taking pleasing landscape photos in heavy fog. I love the way prairies and wetlands look on foggy days, but I rarely come away with a scenic photo I’m happy with. Fortunately, I can (and … Continue reading
Who could be mad at these big beautiful brown eyes? As it turns out, lots of people can. The differential grasshopper is one of a long list of native North American species, headlined by white-tailed deer and raccoons, that have … Continue reading
I made my first ever visit to The Nature Conservancy’s Smoky Valley Ranch in western Kansas this week. It won’t be my last. Situated along the boundary between mixed-grass and shortgrass prairie, the Smoky Valley Ranch contains 16,800 acres of … Continue reading
It’s grasshopper season! By the end of summer, most grasshoppers have completed their five or so molts and have become adults – complete with functional wings. Now, as we walk and drive through our prairies, these fully-formed adult grasshoppers … Continue reading
Before I begin this post, let me say thank you to all of you who voted on the photo choices offered up in last Friday’s post. This time, there was no difficulty in determining the winners. About 90% of the … Continue reading
When I was at the Niobrara Valley Preserve in late June, I did some macro photography, in addition to the sunset photo I showed last week. Here are four photos from that trip. . . .
The plains lubber (Brachystola magna) is Nebraska’s largest grasshopper. At about 2 1/4 inches long, and brightly colored, it’s hard to mistake for other species. In fact, of the 108 grasshopper species in Nebraska, the plains lubber is the only one … Continue reading