Monthly Archives: August 2013

Random Plant: Rubber rabbitbrush

Rubber rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa, Asteraceae) is a native of arid, open areas of the North American west. Often a prolific pioneer of disturbed locations, this perennial shrub can form dense stands up to eight feet in height. The thick foliage … Continue reading

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Plant-Insect Interaction: Striped willow leaf beetle larvae on a sandbar willow

When I visited Great Sand Dunes National Park earlier this month the sandbar willows (Salix exigua, Salicaceae) along Medano Creek caught my attention. I noticed a lot of the leaves had been heavily foraged by some insect, and it didn’t take … Continue reading

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Random Insect: White-dotted prominent

The other morning I found this white-dotted prominent (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae: Nadata gibbosa) resting near my porch light. Like many other insects these moths are drawn to light at night, and they often stick around awhile after the sun comes up. Although … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Hidden among the high peaks of north-central Colorado’s Front Range is a breathtaking sanctuary for wildlife. Moose, elk, bighorn sheep, mule deer, black bears, and mountain lions roam this primeval haven in such large numbers that most are almost impossible … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Curlycup gumweed

Curlycup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa, Asteraceae) is relatively common among grasslands, pastures, and disturbed areas in the Great Plains and Intermountain West. Although native to western North America, human activity has helped it spread across much of the continent. It easily establishes … Continue reading

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Dinosaur National Monument

Along the border of Colorado and Utah is a natural wonderland spanning over 300 square miles. Here the Green and Yampa Rivers cut through the arid eastern edge of the Uinta Mountains, exposing hundreds of millions of years of geologic … Continue reading

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Colorado National Monument

Along the edge of the Uncompahgre Plateau of west-central Colorado is a haven of colossal red rock cliffs and monoliths. Scenic vistas overlook the Grand Valley of the Colorado River, providing distant views of the Book Cliffs and Grand Mesa. In … Continue reading

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