Photo of the Week – July 5, 2019

Milkweed is in its full blooming glory right now. Not just the big pink ones, but also orange, white, and green-flowered varieties. I spent a couple hours at Lincoln Creek Prairie this week, photographing lots of different subject matter, but milkweed definitely constituted a dominant theme in the resulting photos. And yes, Bill, I hit the south lobe on the east side of the creek, and it was beautiful, as you promised. Thanks for the tip.

Here are some of the many milkweed photos I took this week.

A large milkweed bug ( Oncopeltus fasciatus ) on the buds of butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa).
Common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Common milkweed flower buds
Sullivant’s milkweed (Asclepias sullivantii)
The same large milkweed bug, but on a different nearby flower.
More common milkweed flower buds; because I like them.
A skipper butterfly (Sachem?) on common milkweed.
Common milkweed blossoms with thrips (the tiny insects).
Pearl crescent butterfly (Phyciodes tharos) on common milkweed.
The American bumblebee (Bombus pennsylvanicus), appropriately photographed on the 4th of July, on Sullivant’s milkweed.
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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.

13 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – July 5, 2019

  1. Thank you for posting these beautiful pictures. This is the first picture of thrips I’ve ever seen. Now I can recognize what I’ve only heard about!

  2. The photo of the Milkweed buds would make excellent designer paper for cardmaking and scrapbooking!
    I know I do not give ppl credit where it is due often enough. So, I want to say, “Thanks, Chris”. It is an honor to be able to interact with someone who is so famous in the conservation community.

  3. Up here in northeast South Dakota the larger milkweed won’t be in full bloom until next week, but the patches of whorled milkweed are in full bloom. Taking note for seed collecting later. Thanks.

  4. Pingback: Milkweed | Lone Tree Farm on Kanaranzi Creek


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