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Category Archives: Prairie Insects
This post is written and illustrated by Katharine Hogan, one of our Hubbard Fellows. In November, I visited the Valentine National Wildlife Refuge on Highway 83 south of the town of Valentine. There had been a burn several weeks … Continue reading
As I was putting together my slideshow of favorite photos of 2016, there were two photos I considered including but didn’t, mainly because they were in a vertical (portrait) format. The two photos were taken within just a few minutes … Continue reading
From time to time, I like to use this blog to provide important public service information. Today, I am attempting to fill an important gap in the bank of available prairie ecology images. I looked and looked online but was … Continue reading
Insect identification is unfair. I came across this photo yesterday while looking through some images from last summer. The photo caught my eye and I thought maybe I’d write a short natural history blurb about it and use that as … Continue reading
I stole an hour of photography time this week as a foggy morning worked its way toward a sunny afternoon. The small restored prairie on the edge of town was a great place to explore. A few surprises awaited. Though … Continue reading
I’m pretty good at spotting insects. When I walk around prairies with a camera, I’m usually looking down, scanning for small creatures. Just as I imagine a building inspector develops search images for signs of mold, fire hazards, and shoddy construction, my … Continue reading
Two weeks ago, I posted about Yellow Season in prairies. That annual phenomenon continues, and at our family prairie this week, stiff goldenrod was front and center. Pollinators and pollen-eating insects seemed to approve.
I spent last week in the Nebraska Sandhills, possibly the greatest grassland in the world. Last week’s trip was one of several I’ve gotten to make around that landscape this summer. It’s been great to see a much wider swath … Continue reading
There is an unmistakable look to late summer prairies, and that look is YELLOW. Sunflowers, goldenrods, and Silphiums (compass plant, cup plant, rosinweed) are all front and center this time of year. The visual dominance of yellow flowers is obvious … Continue reading