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11" x 14" print - Beetles in the Prairie

11" x 14" print - Beetles in the Prairie

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Ohlone Tiger Beetles are only found in a few pockets of Coastal Prairie in Santa Cruz County. They need disturbance in the prairie to provide the open ground they rely on for breeding habitat. But a bright green beetle sitting out in the open may be easy prey for a hungry Northern Flicker. Flickers eat mostly on the ground - consuming beetles, earthworms, pill bugs, and other invertebrates. A healthy coastal prairie is home to a wide variety of native plants, including the state flower - California Poppy and the state grass - Purple Needlegrass. Butter and Eggs, a relative of the paintbrushes and owls clovers, also share the prairie habitat.