Every visit to a prairie is different – partially because the prairie is always changing, and partially because I focus on different aspects or species each time. This week, I was near Griffith Prairie (owned and managed by my friends at Prairie Plains Resource Institute) when the light coming through the diffused clouds was too much to resist. I popped over to see what was going on in the grassland…
A stink bug on coralberry (aka buckbrush or Symphoricarpus orbiculatus). Griffith Prairie – Nebraska.
On this particular day, wildflowers were blooming all over the place, but what kept catching my eye were stink bugs. I don’t know if they were particularly abundant or if I was just paying attention enough to notice how many there were. Either way, I seemed to see stink bugs on just about every plant species I looked at. They weren’t all the same kind of stink bug, but I don’t know enough about them to tell for sure how many species I was seeing.
Here are three more photos from that same day.
A stink bug on wavy-leaf thistle (Cirsium undulatum).
… and a stink bug on leadplant (Amorpha canescens)…
… and one more, on grass this time.