Photo of the Week – May 3, 2019

Over the last few weeks, I’ve taken quite a few photos that haven’t really fit into blog posts, but are still worth sharing. Here are a few of those miscellaneous images.

This plains garter (Thamnophis radix) was cruising through our backyard on a warm spring day a couple weeks ago.
Prairie dandelion (Nothocalais cuspidata) is a native perennial wildflower, unlike the less popular (but still valuable) dandelion that was introduced from Europe. This plant was at Gjerloff prairie.
This little bug was apparently feeding on prairie dandelion, or at least crawling around enough to incidentally collect some pollen.
Like most spring wildflowers, scarcity makes each prairie dandelion blossom pretty popular to foraging pollinator insects, including this green sweat bee.
This handsome prairie violet (Viola pedatifida) was blooming at our family prairie last week.
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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.

1 thought on “Photo of the Week – May 3, 2019

  1. I’ve met more snakes this year than in my entire previous life, and I’m really coming to enjoy them. Your photo of the plains garter snake certainly is enjoyable.

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