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The Painted Lady Butterfly: This Year’s Poster Child for Insect Migration

Note: this post was slightly edited after initial publication to make it more accurate. Migrating painted lady butterflies are stealing some of the attention from the annual monarch butterfly migration, at least here in Nebraska.  Thousands upon thousands of painted … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – September 24, 2015

I showed up a little early for a meeting at our Platte River Prairies field headquarters this week.  While waiting for the others to arrive, I took advantage of morning sunlight filtering through the fog to photograph a few insects … Continue reading

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Emergence of Life in a Wetland

After many years of wanting to, we finally installed some solar-powered pumps and livestock water tanks in our family prairie.  (Thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Nebraska Game and Parks for providing cost-share money!)  Those two water … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – September 26, 2013

If found this dragonfly encased in dew a couple weeks ago as I walked through a small prairie here in Aurora.  I’m sure someone reading this will be able to tell me what species it is – I don’t know … Continue reading

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Intercontinental Insect Migration (!)

Insect migration is a world we’re just starting to discover, and the more we find, the more fascinating that world is.  One of the most recent discoveries involves Painted Lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui), a species found on every continent except Australia and Antarctica.  … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – July 29, 2011

While we were at The Nature Conservancy’s Kankakee Sands prairie restoration site in Indiana last week, we got to see a lot of very nice restored prairies.  The last night we were there, I slipped away from the group for a few … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – December 3, 2010

One of the great things about close-up photography is that you don’t have to travel very far to find subject matter.  This photo was taken in the backyard of a house near Steinauer, Nebraska.  We had rented the house for … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – October 1, 2010

This dragonfly was perched atop a roundheaded bushclover flower in a restored prairie here in Aurora.  Because it was a cool early fall morning, it was reluctant (unable?) to fly and let me get close enough to take its portrait.  … Continue reading

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