The American Badger has a litter of 2-5 furry, blind and helpless pups in spring, usually March or April. But its embryonic development period is only about two months long, which would mean searching for a mate occurs during the dead of winter, around January or February. Instead, the badger uses a reproductive strategy known as delayed implantation, side-stepping the unpleasantness of frigid courtships and having sex in a freezer. The adaptation allows interested parties to find each other in early fall, a time when the heat of romance would seem more inviting. Following mating and after the egg has been fertilized, the resulting embryo suspends further development and lies dormant for the next 4-5 months; then, pregnancy begins when the embryo is implanted in the uterine lining and normal development resumes.
Just click a thumbnail to enlarge one of these flower images in its own individual frame where you can view its common and scientific name and use navigation icons to move through the image gallery. You can also click on the underlined common name link to go to the web page for that species taken from the online version of Wyoming Inflorescense: A photographic treatise on select plants.