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An insect crew searches for the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle along Little Salt Creek.

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An insect crew searches for the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle along Little Salt Creek.

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An insect crew searches for the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle along Little Salt Creek.

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An insect crew searches for the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle along Little Salt Creek.

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An insect crew searches for the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle along Little Salt Creek.

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An insect crew searches for the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle along Little Salt Creek.

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A Salt Creek tiger beetle hunts along Little Salt Creek in Lincoln, NE. This is one of the rarest insects in the world, with 205 adults emerging in 2010.

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A Salt Creek tiger beetle hunts along Little Salt Creek in Lincoln, NE. This is one of the rarest insects in the world, with 205 adults emerging in 2010.

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A Salt Creek tiger beetle hunts along Little Salt Creek in Lincoln, NE. This is one of the rarest insects in the world, with 205 adults emerging in 2010.

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Marked with paint for study, a Salt Creek tiger beetle hunts along Little Salt Creek in Lincoln, NE. This is one of the rarest insects in the world, with 205 adults emerging in 2010.

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Marked with paint for study, a Salt Creek tiger beetle hunts along Little Salt Creek in Lincoln, NE. This is one of the rarest insects in the world, with 205 adults emerging in 2010.

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A Salt Creek tiger beetle hunts along Little Salt Creek in Lincoln, NE. This is one of the rarest insects in the world, with 205 adults emerging in 2010.

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A Salt Creek tiger beetle hunts along Little Salt Creek in Lincoln, NE. This is one of the rarest insects in the world, with 205 adults emerging in 2010.

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Marked with paint for study, a Salt Creek tiger beetle hunts along Little Salt Creek in Lincoln, NE. This is one of the rarest insects in the world, with 205 adults emerging in 2010.

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A muddy, misty spring morning on a minimum maintenance road in Lancaster County, Nebraska.

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A muddy, misty spring morning on a minimum maintenance road in Lancaster County, Nebraska.

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A muddy, misty spring morning on a minimum maintenance road in Lancaster County, Nebraska.

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A muddy, misty spring morning on a minimum maintenance road in Lancaster County, Nebraska.

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The rare salt wort, a plant that only exists in the rare inland salt marshes of northern Lancaster County, Nebraska. Its habitat is being threatened by development. The wort is part of the same ecosystem as the Salt Creek tiger beetle, a candidate for a federal endangered species listing.

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The Salt Creek tiger beetle is found only in northern Lancaster County, NE, and is down to less than a thousand individuals in the wild. It is on the emergency list for federal protection, but that may come too late.

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Salt Creek tiger beetles mating in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska. The insect only exists in this rare inland saline marsh, and is threatened by development.

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The Salt Creek tiger beetle is found only in northern Lancaster County, NE, and is down to less than a thousand individuals in the wild. It is on the emergency list for federal protection, but that may come too late.

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The Salt Creek tiger beetle is found only in northern Lancaster County, NE, and is down to less than a thousand individuals in the wild. It is on the emergency list for federal protection, but that may come too late.

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The Salt Creek tiger beetle is found only in northern Lancaster County, NE, and is down to less than a thousand individuals in the wild. It is on the emergency list for federal protection, but that may come too late.

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Salt Creek tiger beetles mating in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska. The insect only exists in this rare inland saline marsh, and is threatened by development.

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Entomologist Steve Spomer walks down the bank of Salt Creekin northern Lancaster County, Nebraska, looking for the Salt Creek tiger beetle. The insect only exists in this rare inland saline marsh, and is threatened by development.

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Salt Creek tiger beetles mating in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska. The insect only exists in this rare inland saline marsh, and is threatened by development.

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Entomologist Steve Spomer walks down the bank of Salt Creekin northern Lancaster County, Nebraska, looking for the Salt Creek tiger beetle. The insect only exists in this rare inland saline marsh, and is threatened by development.

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The Salt Creek tiger beetle is found only in northern Lancaster County, NE, and is down to less than a thousand individuals in the wild. It is on the emergency list for federal protection, but that may come too late.

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Joel Sartore stretches out to reach the tough spots as he restores his late 19th-century historic farm house (Waveland Farm) near Walton, Nebraska.

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Late nineteenth-century house at historic Waveland Farm near Walton, NE.

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Late nineteenth-century house at historic Waveland Farm near Walton, NE.

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Late nineteenth-century house at historic Waveland Farm near Walton, NE.

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Late nineteenth-century house at historic Waveland Farm near Walton, NE.

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Run off from new construction in northern Lancaster County, Nebraska threatens the delicate saline wetland habitat that is home to the rare Salt Creek tiger beetle, a candidate for a federal endangered species listing.

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