Monthly Archives: September 2014

Random Insect: Caddisfly

Caddisflies (order Trichoptera) are often mistaken for moths (Lepidoptera) because they share a number of similarities. Like some moths, caddisflies hold their wings tent-like over their abdomens when at rest. Like some moths they are often attracted to lights at … Continue reading

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Plant-Insect Interaction: Ant on a shrubby cinquefoil

Shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa, Rosaceae) is an important source of food for many insects. Its wide distribution, cold-hardiness, and relatively long flowering period make it a reliable source of pollen and nectar for a variety of bees, wasps, butterflies, and … Continue reading

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Grand Teton National Park

Just south of Yellowstone National Park in northwest Wyoming is one of the most exquisitely beautiful locations in the entire United States. Here serene waters, thick forests, and lush meadows provide a haven for a vast amount of wildlife, all … Continue reading

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Badlands National Park

Located in southwest South Dakota is the beautiful and fascinating terrain of Badlands National Park. This park encompasses 381 square miles (987 square km) of colorful, jagged hills that decorate one of the largest remaining mixed-grass prairies in the United States. Situated … Continue reading

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Plant-Insect Interaction: Argid sawfly larvae on a hedge false bindweed

Sawflies and their kin are wasp-like insects with about 8000 known species. Larvae often resemble moth or butterfly caterpillars but can be distinguished by the presence of at least six pairs of prolegs. These stumpy, fleshy structures extending from their rear … Continue reading

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Glacier National Park

Two mountain ranges, 25 alpine glaciers, and over 700 lakes contribute to the rugged and beautiful landscape of Glacier National Park. Located in northwest Montana along the border with Canada, this park preserves 1583 square miles (4101 square km) of soaring … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Pink mountain heather

Unique to mountain meadows of western North America, pink mountain heather (Phyllodoce empetriformis, Ericaceae) can be found at elevations above 5000 feet (1524 m) from Alaska to Colorado. Forming low, dense mats of growth up to 16 inches (41 cm) in … Continue reading

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