Category Archives: Prairie Insects

Photo of the Week – June 15, 2017

Earlier this week, I posted a photo of a female wolf spider carrying her brood on her back.  We were collecting data at the Niobrara Valley Preserve this week, and it seemed there were babies all over the place.  Young … Continue reading

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Child Care Can Be a Burden

I’m up at the Niobrara Valley Preserve this week.  While collecting data today, we spotted a brood of sharp-tailed grouse, a couple other baby birds, and a whole bunch of cute red bison calves.  I got photos of all of … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – June 8, 2017

In several of our prairies right now, poppy mallows are among the most prolific flowers.  Purple poppy mallow (Callirhoe involucrata) and pale pink poppy mallow (Callirhoe alcoides) are not only great tongue twisters, but also pretty flowers and important food … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – June 2, 2017

I’m just back home from a week of outdoor family vacation, so apologies for another brief post.  Earlier this week, while I was crouched low to the ground photographing a flower, I noticed a little friend perched on a nearby … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – May 26, 2017

Shell leaf penstemon (Penstemon grandiflorus) is one of the showier wildflowers in the Platte River Prairies during late May and early June.  It is most often found in dry soils and where the surrounding plants aren’t overly competitive.  We often … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – May 19, 2017

Over the last five years or so, I’ve been learning a lot more about pollinators, and that has changed the way I look at prairies.  As I walk around our prairies, I often think about how I would see the … Continue reading

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2017 Field Days! (And a Photo Question)

Mark your calendars if you’re interested in attending either or both of our Platte River Prairies Field Days this summer.  The first will be on Thursday July 6, and will be focused on plant identification.  We’ll have several instructors on … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – May 5, 2017

During the last week, I’ve been lucky enough to find and photograph two different wolf spiders, so I figured I should probably dedicate a short blog post to them.  The first wolf spider I found was a cute little bugger … Continue reading

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Frosty Monarchs

Adding insult to injury, the overly-ambitious monarchs in Nebraska this spring had to deal with cold wet weather all last weekend.  Temperatures got down to about 30 degrees F, and maybe lower in some places, and much of the prairie … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – April 28, 2017

Ten days ago, I wrote about monarch butterflies returning from Mexico and flying much further north than is typical, and some of the risks they face because of that.  Many of you responded with your own similar observations and stories of … Continue reading

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