Name that thing!

I’m curious to see if anyone can identify the subject of this photo.  If you think you know, put your guess in the comments section below and I’ll try to keep an eye out and chime in when someone gets the right answer.

I’ll give you six clues.

  1. It is neither animal nor mineral.
  2. It is smaller than a bread box.
  3. It poses no known danger to humans.
  4. It will never call you to solicit money or votes.
  5. It did not appear in any Star Wars movies. 
  6. It was photographed within my square meter photography plot.

Speaking of my square meter photography plot, I’ve just updated my web page for that project.  You can click here (or on the Square Meter Photography Project tab in the menu at the top of this blog’s home page) to find out how many species I’ve photographed within that plot as of today.  The number has gone up, both because I continue to find more species and because I’ve had more help identifying and separating species from each other.

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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.

15 thoughts on “Name that thing!

  1. On Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 8:08 PM The Prairie Ecologist wrote:

    > Chris Helzer posted: ” I’m curious to see if anyone can identify the > subject of this photo. If you think you know, put your guess in the > comments section below and I’ll try to keep an eye out and chime in when > someone gets the right answer. I’ll give you six clues. ” >

  2. Is it a photo of the immature flower buds of a dodder species (Cuscuta sp.)? But, on on second thought, is dodder ever so hairy?

  3. ….what THEY said! (smile) I was going to say, the bits left over, after the flower-tube-thingies depart and go hence. Being a Goober, best I could explain. Much appreciate others’ words!!!

  4. Milkweed. My entire life this year is about milkweed. Planting growing flicking off aphids marking for collecting collecting de-fuzzing broadcasting.

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