Photo of the Week – July 11, 2013

Every visit to a prairie is different – partially because the prairie is always changing, and partially because I focus on different aspects or species each time.  This week, I was near Griffith Prairie (owned and managed by my friends at Prairie Plains Resource Institute) when the light coming through the diffused clouds was too much to resist.  I popped over to see what was going on in the grassland…

A stink bug on coralberry (aka buckbrush or Symphoricarpus orbiculatus).  Griffith Prairie - Nebraska.
A stink bug on coralberry (aka buckbrush or Symphoricarpus orbiculatus). Griffith Prairie – Nebraska.

On this particular day, wildflowers were blooming all over the place, but what kept catching my eye were stink bugs.  I don’t know if they were particularly abundant or if I was just paying attention enough to notice how many there were.  Either way, I seemed to see stink bugs on just about every plant species I looked at.  They weren’t all the same kind of stink bug, but I don’t know enough about them to tell for sure how many species I was seeing.

Here are three more photos from that same day.

A stink bug on wavy-leaf thistle (Cirsium undulatum).
A stink bug on wavy-leaf thistle (Cirsium undulatum).

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... and a stink bug on leadplant (Amorpha canescens)...
… and a stink bug on leadplant (Amorpha canescens)…

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... and one more, on grass this time.
… and one more, on grass this time.

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5 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – July 11, 2013

  1. mjspringett July 12, 2013 / 7:26 am

    Great post, who knew that stinkbugs could be the stars of art photography, great job, thanks MJ

  2. Andrea July 12, 2013 / 8:38 am

    Love the, “Stink Bug On Grass” photo:) Just hang on!

  3. Paul Brewer July 14, 2013 / 9:40 am

    Hi Chris! I am sure you are aware of this critter ( http://njaes.rutgers.edu/stinkbug/identify.asp ). From the photos I am pretty sure that none of them fit the description, but it would be good to have one in hand (so to speak). As always, really enjoy your posts – especially your monitoring of the post fire recovery along the Niobrara.

    Best to you and yours,
    Paul Brewer, Illinois DNR

    • Chris Helzer July 15, 2013 / 7:26 am

      Thanks Paul, I’ve heard of them, but haven’t seen any around here that I know of. I’m ok with that…

  4. Diana Cornaby July 16, 2013 / 5:16 pm

    Chris, your photography is great. I ran across your blog when I was looking up information on boxelder bugs. I look forward to continued reading and wonderful pictures

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