Prairie Memes

If I’ve learned anything from the recent success of my groundbreaking book, A Field Guide to Roadside Wildflowers At Full Speed, it’s that I have no idea what the public is going to think is funny or engaging. However, since my book’s popularity was mainly due to it becoming a meme, the obvious next step for me is to create a whole lot more memes in the forlorn hope of replicating my previous success.

So I did it. I made a whole batch of prairie memes.

Here’s the thing. Some of them aren’t great. But sometimes you have to just throw a bunch of memes at the wall to see what sticks, right? Hey, that could be a meme…

Anyway, for what it’s worth, here are my first attempts at writing prairie memes. If you see one you like, share it with friends. Maybe they’ll like it too. Or maybe I’ll go back to writing essays about beetles I can’t identify… Thanks for being patient with me as I go through this difficult phase in my life.

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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.

21 thoughts on “Prairie Memes

  1. LOVE this!!! ❤️ Very engaging, can I use some of this for presentations that we give to kids in our local schools about prairies?

    BTW, I love all of your posts.

    I had no idea that katydids heard through their elbow. Game changer. I’ve always LOVED plants because they are SO interesting. Hmmmm… I could see a new interest taking shape.

    Thank you. Greatly appreciated :)

  2. Loved it!

    Thanks for sharing your creativity!

    On Mon, Feb 17, 2020, 9:19 PM The Prairie Ecologist wrote:

    > Chris Helzer posted: ” If I’ve learned anything from the recent success of > my groundbreaking book, A Field Guide to Roadside Wildflowers At Full > Speed, it’s that I have no idea what the public is going to think is funny > or engaging. However, since my book’s popularity was mai” >

  3. Oh, Yes, adding captions can change the entire set of photos from ‘beautiful’ to ‘Will never forget’, HAH! Up here in Wisconsin at the Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area, we had a 16 yo young man take some photos from one the blinds watching the annual spring Sharp Tail Grouse dancing on the LEK! Well he added captions to this quite vibrant and ? comical ‘SEX SCENE’ photo shoot. “We’re all Territorial”, “Is she Looking?”, “Which One, which one?”, to “It’s her choice”, to “She’s mine!” Can’t get any better than that in my mind.

  4. Love these, especially your tag line of “Nothing to see here”.But, I  also love how much I learn from your regular posts.

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

  5. These are informative and fun, Chris.
    For some reason, the bison one tickled my funny bone the most, and might have even a touch more if Shirley’s name was Belinda. Ya know – Belinda Buffalo – Alliteration; a staple in the toolbox of humor.
    The ant on the thistle made me very sad. I think thistles do that to deter seed predators, and the poor ants just get caught in the crossfire.

  6. “These are funny! I will forward to Chad. However, the honey bees “Frank” and “Frank’s Brother” should be “Francine” and “Francine’s Sister” – since all the worker bees are female! No male bee (drone) would ever be caught carrying nectar. I wonder if Chris just forgot?
    Thanks for sharing! ” Comment from my grand daughter when I forwarded the memes to her.. I knew only females went out, but did not catch it. Friend in MN loved it and said to make more.
    I really appreciate your posts and forward many to friends. Thank You

    • Thanks Anton. Tell your granddaughter she’s very smart. However, in this case there’s more to the story, and she might like to know that the bee pictured is a native digger bee, not a honey bee.
      And I’m 90% sure it’s a male. With digger bees, as with most native bees, the females still do all the important work and the males are pretty much just around to mate with the females. This bee had spent the night outdoors (as opposed to inside a cozy nest tunnel like its female counterparts) and I photographed it as it was trying to warm up in the morning sun. Also male bees certainly do feed on nectar – it’s what fuels them up for their frantic searching for females to mate with. They don’t carry it anywhere, they just eat it (drink it).

  7. Thanks! I shared the mantidfly meme on the Facebook and it’s traveling well. I’ve only been able to photograph one once, on my back porch where it was likely hunting spiders or laying eggs maybe. I was excited to finally see one and get photos, even if it was the less wasp-colored version. I’ll share more memes in the coming weeks, maybe get some more subscribers to the blog!

  8. Pingback: The Prairie Ecologist spots what looks like a bumble bee… – Semiosis


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