Ok, here’s something I really love about this blog. There are more than 1,400 people who subscribe, and quite a number of others who check in regularly. That group of readers includes quite a few experts in various natural history and biological fields, which means that just about any question I pose can be answered. And quickly!
Anne Stine posted some photos of insect eggs this afternoon, wondering what they might be. It took less than THREE MINUTES for the first response to come back – including a link to more information. A second response that confirmed the first came three minutes after that! (A big thanks to Karen and Paul for being on-the-spot and helpful!) Ah, the power of an intelligent and networked group of biologists!
On the other hand, having a large group of readers who are biologically-informed also means that when I post something about never having seen an otter in Nebraska, there is NO SHORTAGE of people who are just tickled pink to share happy stories of their own sightings… Gee, thanks.
P.S. – Anne’s mystery insect eggs belong to a native species of praying mantis. Just so you know.