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Tag Archives: insect
While my wife Kim and I were at the Niobrara Valley Preserve for several days in December, we spotted a small creature neither of us had seen before. We were walking along the edge of the river (hoping to see … Continue reading
A few weeks ago, I took my camera across town for a walk in a small local prairie. There were numerous flowers blooming, but the stiff sunflowers (Helianthus pauciflorus) were stealing the show. I shot quite a few photos of … Continue reading
Recently, we’ve been seeing some very pretty sunrises and sunsets (and moon rises, for that matter) because of a thin veil of smoke in the sky from the western U.S. wildfires. That diffused light makes pretty good opportunities for photos, … Continue reading
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
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
As I’ve said many times, the prairie is an ecosystem best seen up close. You have to look carefully to see much of the beauty. Dillon (one of our Hubbard Fellows) and I were poking around today and found this … Continue reading
“WOW! That’s a GIGANTIC mosquito!!” That is a common response to most people’s first sighting of a crane fly, a flying insect with a wingspan of 1-2 cm or more. Although they do somewhat resemble very large mosquitoes, crane flies … Continue reading
He was engaging and informative – feeding our tour group piece after piece of the fascinating history of the people and landscape of the Wildcat Hills Landscape. The first guest speaker on the 2014 Nebraska Natural Legacy Conference Field Trip to the … Continue reading
For no particular reason, here are two unrelated photos from the same day. Both photographs were taken on September 28, 2014 at our family prairie south of Aurora, Nebraska. I wish I could come up with a pithy and informative … Continue reading
Nearly-decapitated sunflower heads, scattered across the prairie. Oh, the devastation! Who could be carrying out such an evil plan? (Ok, more accurately, a weevil plan?) The head-clipping weevil, aka the Silphium weevil (Haplorhynchites aeneus) is a small dark-colored weevil, less … Continue reading