Tag Archives: invertebrates

Patches of Fire and Habitat

It’s been a difficult year for conducting prescribed fires so far – the wind seems to be blowing even harder and more consistently than in recent memory.  And that’s saying something, living in the Great Plains. A couple of weeks … Continue reading

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Insects After a Hard Freeze

In last week’s Photo of the Week post, I mentioned that I’d spent part of a morning photographing white fluffy seeds in autumn prairie.  (It’s not a bad life, all things considered.)  As I walked that morning, I noticed how … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – August 31, 2012

It seems like a good time to be a crab spider.  The drought has greatly reduced the number of flowers blooming in prairies, forcing pollinators to visit fewer flowers in greater numbers.  Previously, I’ve used the analogy of crocodiles in watering … Continue reading

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First Impressions From My Insect Week

Well, as promised, here are some early impressions from the time I spent looking around our Platte River Prairies with Mike Arduser (bees) and James Trager (ants) last week.  I’ll know a lot more after Mike and James have time to … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – April 6, 2012

Here’s something I know almost nothing about:  Slugs. I found this slug in one of our prairies yesterday morning, and managed to get a few decent photos of it.  Slugs are largely considered to be pests in gardens, but I’ve … Continue reading

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A Slide Show of Nebraska Nature Photos

This fall, I was honored to be the banquet speaker at the first annual conference of the Nebraska Natural Legacy Project (Nebraska’s state wildlife action plan).  For the event, I presented a slide show that I hoped would showcase the … Continue reading

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An Early Attempt to Evaluate Prairie Restoration Success by Looking at Insect Use.

Back in February, I wrote a post that laid out some ideas about how to measure success when using prairie restoration (reconstruction) to stitch fragmented remnant prairies back together.  One of the main needs is to see whether species from the … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – December 30, 2010

I photographed this juvenile wolf spider on an 18 degree (Fahrenheit) day in the middle of the winter.  At the time, I was walking along a frozen creek, admiring the hoar frost on the surface and looking for photos of ice … Continue reading

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