Photo of the Week – June 20, 2013

Purple poppy mallow (Callirhoe involucrata) is a common wildflower in our prairies.  It is responding well to last year’s drought and this spring’s moisture.  The  flowers are a startling fuschia color, and they typically abound in areas where grasses are weak and short.  The combination of those factors means purple poppy mallow stands out in the prairie.

As a photographer, I’m easily drawn to the kind of striking color poppy mallow flowers provide.  And, since I like to photograph small creatures, I have a pretty good array of little invertebrates sitting on or in purple poppy mallow flowers.  Here’s one from a couple years ago.

A snout beetle (weevil) inside a purple poppy mallow flower.  The Nature Conservancy's Platte River Prairies.

A snout beetle (weevil) inside a purple poppy mallow flower. The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies.

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About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.
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6 Responses to Photo of the Week – June 20, 2013

  1. It was amazingly dense in the I-80 median in many locations between North Platte and Grand Island last week.

  2. Katy Simmons says:

    Astounding shot! Neat to see the detail on the beetle.

  3. troymullens says:

    Love the b/w detail surrounded by all that gorgeous color. Nice photo.

  4. Becky says:

    Love those Winecups!

  5. Natalie Goergen says:

    Oh I love weevils!

  6. Yeah, what Katy through Natalie said!

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