Tag Archives: nectar

Bee Goggles

One of the best outcomes from learning a lot about a group of species is that I start to see prairie through their eyes.  That perspective has been really valuable for me and has led me to evaluate, restore, and manage … Continue reading

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The Softer Side of Wasps

A couple weeks ago, I posted a photo of a wasp (along with some other shots from a walk through one of our wetlands) and mentioned that I’d have a story about that wasp in an upcoming post.  Here you go… As … Continue reading

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What’s Bugging Milkweed?

As I walked a small prairie here in Aurora, Nebraska a few weeks ago, several species of milkweed were flowering abundantly, including butterfly milkweed (Ascelepias tuberosa), showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa), and common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca).  As always, the milkweed plants were hosting a number … Continue reading

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Butterflies on Noxious Weeds

As I mentioned in my last post, regal fritillaries are out in high numbers in our Platte River Prairies.  We’re watching – among other things – what plant species they’re using for nectaring, and are interested to see if that … Continue reading

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The Importance of Weedy Flowers for Butterflies

In our Platte River Prairies, regal fritillaries and other butterflies appear to depend heavily on a few weedy wildflower species as nectar plants. I was in graduate school when I first started learning to identify butterflies.  I participated in several … Continue reading

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