A closer look at the overlooked…


Diabrotica cristata on Big Bluestem Grass  copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Diabrotica cristata on Big Bluestem Grass copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Stick with me as I focus on the macro world a little longer, the Black Leaf Beetle (Diabrotica cristata) is not partial to Compass Plant flowers. It turns out that the prairie’s Big Bluestem grasses are food for larva; while adults prefer forbs (broadleaf herbaceous plant (ie. not a grass) such as the Compass Plant but also Blazing Star and non-native Queen Anne’s Lace.

What at first may creep out visitors, myself included, who take pride in a bug free home, the prairie Insects are very prolific to ensure their continued survival. This in turn helps to ensure the survival of their avian (primary) predators. I admit that I check myself more than twice before entering my home, so that I don’t introduce prolific breeding uninvited guests to my habitat. It is rare that I have to uninvited a tag-a-long, much to my continued surprise. I suppose they are wiser than I imagine in their choice of contact. Pollen however I do have to regularly remove from this asthmatic allergic body.   

Infested Compass Plant copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Infested Compass Plant copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Queen Anne Lace copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Queen Anne Lace copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg


Blazing Star copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

Blazing Star copyright 2013 Pamela Breitberg

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