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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: The Rainbow Scarab

March 31, 2021

Locating the rainbow scarab (Phanaeus vindex) beetle in Indiana can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack, or, well, like an insect on a dung heap.

While dung beetles abound in the state, the rainbow scarab, a type of dung beetle named for its iridescent and colorful body, is quite rare.

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Unexpected Prickly Pear Indiana

Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus

March 1, 2021

Online searches to buy succulents have steadily risen over the past five years, reaching an all-time high in 2020. Succulents like the eastern prickly pear cactus, Opuntia humifusa, are hardy enough to grow almost anywhere with dry soil, including Indiana. Their resiliency has helped their popularity bloom, but it is also why they can be a nuisance for weed management specialists like Bill Johnson, professor of botany and plant pathology.

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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Copperhead Snake

January 8, 2021
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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Wild persimmon

October 30, 2020
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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Black bear

September 29, 2020
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Unexpected Plants and animals of Indiana: The pawpaw tree

September 16, 2020
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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Southern flying squirrel

August 11, 2020
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