sego lily

Western sego lilies reach mountain meadows to hot deserts

Colorful cup-shaped flowers likely to bloom in force after wet winter. Read more
graduate student

Chickadee Study examines hybridization of chickadees

The Boulder Chickadee Study is a collaborative, long term effort between Kathryn Grabenstein, a PhD candidate in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado Boulder, and her thesis advisor, Scott Taylor, to examine hybridization. Read more

Metallic wood boring beetles utilize aspen, cottonwoods and willows

Colorado is home to 92 species of metallic wood boring beetles that share the wood boring habit and glittering iridescence. Read more

Ballhead waterleaf flowers get help from unexpected guests

I looked around to see what was in bloom and found a native wildflower with the strange name of ballhead waterleaf, Hydrophyllum capitatum. Read more

A plant incapable of photosynthesis but good at forming bridges

Pinedrops parasitizes the mycorrhizal fungus directly, stealing water, minerals, carbohydrates and nutrients, but supplying nothing in return. In effect, it parasitizes a mutualism after germinating in the grasp of a fungus. Read more
Bee plant

Bee plants left their mark on Ancient Puebloan pottery

As beautiful as they are, Rocky Mountain bee plants are known to be malodorous, inspiring other common names, including skunk weed and stink weed. Read more

Brilliant coloration in American rubyspots signals male quality

The rubyspot's mating system is classified as territorial defense polygyny, in which males defend a site to attract mates. Read more

Strawberry blite emerging in wake of Cold Springs Fire

A wildfire causes blight on the land, but it is surprising how quickly plants and animals that depend on them colonize the burned area. Read more

We nearly ate turkeys to extinction a second time

Multiple species of turkeys have been in America for millions of years and it is apparent that, when humans and turkeys met, we have had substantial impacts on their population sizes. Read more

Beavers feed mourning cloak butterflies

I found the mourning cloak when I was trying to photograph the beavers living at the confluence of the Green and Yampa Rivers. Read more
locust borer

Bright beetle gains protection through similarity to wasps

A defenseless insect can gain protection from predators if it evolves to resemble a well-defended species. Read more

Pollinators congregate as nectar and pollen dwindle

When I arrived at the campground at Deep Lake, I was stunned and disappointed. Instead of meadows bright with flowers, I saw one healthy aster and a paltry, diffuse population of spent flowers. Read more