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treegrow PRO 2:18am, 28 November 2012
Our next contest is Grassland Biodiversity. Please compete with images of organisms that inhabit grasslands around the world. Select one (1) of your best images to compete with. Submissions will be open through next Monday (more or less : ).

Contest rules and instructions on voting and posting are all located here . Please read the rules thoroughly before beginning.

Remember to post only images and their number in the posting sequence, along with a brief explanation of how the image relates to the contest topic (optional). Also, make sure your image is properly tagged, licensed, and posted to the EOL group. If you have questions or comments about the new image sizes or anything else relating to the contest, please post them to this thread. Thanks!
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HermannFalkner/sokol Posted 6 years ago. Edited by HermannFalkner/sokol (moderator) 6 years ago
#1 Gentianella austriaca is a species of pastures, as many other Gentianaceae its leaves taste bitter and for this reason aren't favourites of grazing beasts, which is of course why they've got an advantage of pastures - that is, the advantage of not being eaten by them:
Gentianella austriaca
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Arthur Chapman PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Arthur Chapman (moderator) 6 years ago
#2 Equus quagga burchellii (Burchell's Zebra) - the southern form of the Plains Zebra that inhabits the grasslands of southern Africa.
Equus quagga burchellii (Burchell's Zebra)
Jacobo_Martin Posted 6 years ago. Edited by treegrow (admin) 6 years ago
#3 Truxalis nasuta lives in mediterranean grasslands and its camouflage is perfectly fitted to its environment. There are both green and pale individuals, depending on the prevailing colour of the grass leaves around them when they molt.

Acrididae: Truxalis nasuta (nymph)
Bas Kers (NL) PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by treegrow (admin) 6 years ago
#4 Pioneer grassland with Spartina anglica along the Wadden Sea coast

Spartinetum townsendii (Associatie van Engels slijkgras)
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treegrow PRO 6 years ago
#5 Pale Toothpick Grasshopper, an inhabitant of desert grasslands

Pale Toothpick Grasshopper
Sam Droege PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by Sam Droege (member) 6 years ago
#6 Anthophora affabilis a denizen of the mid-grass prairies of Badlands National Park, South Dakota where its long tongue extracts nectar from long-corolla-ed flower species as it zips from flower to flower.
Anthophora affabilis, F, side, Pennington County, SD_2012-11-13-14.02.56 ZS PMax
rosie.perera PRO 6 years ago
#7 Wheat (Triticum aestivum) I'm not sure if cultivated species are fair game, but wheat is, after all, a grass.

5D-20090719-6443
David Bygott PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by David Bygott (member) 6 years ago
#8 Harvester termites (Hodotermes). These small insects are hugely important grazers in tropical savanna ecosystems. They seriously compete with large mammalian herbivores, whose biomass they may exceed, and they also influence plant diversity.

Hodotermes mossambicus 1
JRWhitaker1 PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by JRWhitaker1 (member) 6 years ago
#9 African Lion (Panthera leo) resting in the Serengeti National Park at sunrise.
African Lion (Panthera leo)
Jörg Hempel PRO 6 years ago
#10 The Heath Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata) can be found on sunny and damp meadows all across Europe. It's a kind of irony, that many orchid species owing their widespread distribution in Europe to human activity creating suitable habitats by forrest clearing and are now threated by humans destroying their habitats by over-fertilization.

Dactylorhiza maculata
J. Jordan Posted 6 years ago. Edited by J. Jordan (member) 6 years ago
#11 Bull Thistle, can grow over 6' tall in fields and along roadsides in Washington State, not something I would want to fall into...

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JohnGiez- PRO Posted 6 years ago. Edited by JohnGiez- (member) 6 years ago
#12 Ute ladies' tresses orchid (Spiranthes diluvialis) can be found in remnant stands of tall grass prairie and hay meadows maintained by irrigation in Boulder, Colorado.

Ute ladies' tresses orchid 8/2012
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treegrow PRO 6 years ago
Great spread of grassland organisms! Now it's time to pick your favorites!

Submissions are now closed and Voting is OPEN! You may only vote once, and the photo with the most votes is the winner. When the voting week has closed, an administrator will change the thread status from VOTE to CLOSED. See Voting Instructions
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Drew Avery PRO 6 years ago
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lotlhmoq 6 years ago
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Manuel Valdueza 6 years ago
#2
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HermannFalkner/sokol 6 years ago
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rosie.perera PRO 6 years ago
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David Bygott PRO 6 years ago
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nartreb 6 years ago
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Michael Jefferies PRO 6 years ago
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JohnGiez- PRO 6 years ago
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Jacobo_Martin 6 years ago
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Bárbol 6 years ago
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treegrow PRO 6 years ago
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balharsh PRO 6 years ago
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Malcolm NQ 6 years ago
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Lynette MT 6 years ago
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Sharpj99 6 years ago
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Sam Droege PRO 6 years ago
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Arthur Chapman PRO 6 years ago
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gailhampshire PRO 6 years ago
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Sciadopitys 6 years ago
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Jörg Hempel PRO 6 years ago
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J. Jordan 6 years ago
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treegrow PRO 6 years ago
kibuyu did it again! Despite a wide spread of votes, his Africa termites emerged as the clear winner.

WINNER: Hodotermes mossambicus 1 by kibuyu

Hodotermes mossambicus 1
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