Photo of the Week – June 17, 2016

I’m just back from a great week in the Nebraska Sandhills.  I saw an amazing array of wildlife, invertebrates, plants and landscapes.  Of the many wildflowers in bloom this week, none punctuated the hills more beautifully than yucca (aka soapweed).  As always, nearly every yucca stem with actively blooming flowers hosted an abundance of yucca moths, the only pollinator of yucca plants.  If you aren’t familiar with the incredible relationship between yucca moths and yucca plants, you can read about it in a previous post.

Yucca moths in the early morning. Nebraska Sandhills - Cherry County.

Yucca moths in the early morning. Nebraska Sandhills – Cherry County.

I’ll post some more Sandhills photos next week…