“Snow on the Prairie”: research for an opioid alternative blooms in our own backyard.

I was just driving my eldest home from ballet class yesterday evening when we passed a large patch of these on the roadside, and I wondered to myself, is this native? Oh how badly I wanted to just pull over (on this road with barely a shoulder) and snap a photo to ID it.

Hover, Flower or Syrphid Flies…

The results are in! After a night spent cooking in the iNaturalist.org forum, our photo of the mysterious native bee look-alike produced a genus type thanks to the keen knowledge of a gentleman naturalist who …