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Peoria approximella (a moth named in New York for Peoria, IL). Photo of Michigan specimen courtesy Jim Vargo (used with permission).

November 20th, 2016

November, 2016 meeting

We met at the home of Frank Hitchell on November 19, 2016 for our final meeting of the year. We had a “show and tell” session where members brought photos and specimens to discuss. Here is a quick video overview.

November, 2016 Entomology meeting from Mark DuBois on Vimeo.

We will update our website in January with a list of activities planned for 2017. We hope you will be able to join us.

October 15th, 2016

October, 2016 Field Trip

We visited Singing Woods in Peoria Co., Illinois for our field trip on October 15, 2016. This video covers some of the highlights of our “walk in the woods.”

Singing Woods from Mark DuBois on Vimeo.

For another view of the trip, here are some 360 degree views I took with my Theta 360 camera today as well. Hope you enjoy these.

View from stream at Singing Woods, Peoria Co., Illinois #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Central Illinois entomologists at Singing Woods, Peoria Co., Illinois #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

Central Illinois entomology group visited Singing Woods. Impressive fungus. #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA

We hope to see you next month.

September 18th, 2016

September 17, 2016 Picnic

We held our annual picnic at Jubilee State Park (west of Peoria, Illinois) on September 17, 2016. We had many great conversations. Here is a quick video overview of our experiences.

Entomology Picnic September 17, 2016 from Mark DuBois on Vimeo.

We hope you can participate in our next field trip – October 15, 2016 – to Singing Woods.

July 16th, 2016

July 16, 2016 field trip

For our July field trip, we visited Jubilee State Park (Illinois) on July 16, 2016. We toured the replanted prairie near the Red Fox Run picnic grounds. Here is a quick video summary of our tour.

Jubilee State Park July 2016 from Mark DuBois on Vimeo.

We hope you will be able to join us for our August trip to Merwin Nature Preserve.

June 18th, 2016

June 18, 2016 field trip

We visited the Sand Ridge State Forest near Manito, IL for our June field trip. In past years, we have observed a number of interesting species in this area. The observed fauna was a bit different this year. We thought we would share some of our observations. The following video is a quick overview.

Sand Ridge Field Trip from Mark DuBois on Vimeo.

As always, we look forward to your comments and hope you can join us on our next excursion.

May 21st, 2016

May 21, 2016 meeting

Our May, 2016 meeting was a tour of the Rock Island Trail State Park (near Peoria, IL). We had a great time and encountered a number of interesting insects. Here is a quick overview of our experience.

Rock Island Trail State Park from Mark DuBois on Vimeo.

For those interested in seeing more of the photos, please visit this photo gallery I put together. You can play this as a slideshow or simply scroll through the images. We hope you enjoy.

Next month, we return to Sand Ridge State Park.

 

April 17th, 2016

April 16, 2016 Meeting

We toured the HR Gleason Nature Preserve in Mason Co., Illinois (near Manito) for our April meeting. I have included a brief video summarizing our trip (below).

I also put together a set of individual photos (shared via Adobe Lightroom). If others in our group took photos, please send them to me and I will add them to this collection. You can also display these as a slideshow (just examine the details in the link below).

HR Gleason preserve photos by Mark DuBois. Please contact Mark before using these photos for any purpose.

March 20th, 2016

March 19, 2016 meeting

We visited Jim Wiker’s personal collection for our March, 2016 meeting. Many thanks to Jim for his hospitality and wealth of information shared. Here is a short video summarizing our visit.

If you wish to participate in future meetings, please review our schedule. We look forward to meeting those interested in learning more about insects.

February 21st, 2016

February, 2016 New Orleans Insectarium

We held our February, 2016 meeting at Frank Hitchell’s home. I provided a slide show of our (my wife and I) November visit to the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans, LA. For those who were not able to be present (or who were interested in some of my photos), I provide this link to a website I created summarizing our visit. This site is best viewed on a desktop or laptop computer (although it will display on a smartphone or tablet). The images are fairly large (which is why I recommend the desktop or laptop).

Overview and slides of New Orleans Insectarium

All photos by Mark and Jeri DuBois. If you wish to use these photos for any purpose, please contact Mark before doing so. Thanks for your understanding in this matter.

Best always,

Mark

January 22nd, 2016

2016 Meetings

Here are our planned meetings of the Entomology Section. Our main goal is to encourage participation in the study of the insect world around us. This is accomplished through field trips, educational programs, sharing experiences, insect collecting, and photography. Meetings are usually field trips on the third Saturday of every month. If you are interested in knowing more about the group, please feel free to join us at one of our meetings.

  • January 16, 2016 – 9 a.m. Planning meeting at Frank Hitchell’s home
  • February 20, 20169 a.m. Mark DuBois will review his recent trip to the Insectarium in New Orleans. Presentation will be at Frank Hitchell’s home
  • March 19, 2016 – 9 a.m. Jim Wiker’s collection. Leave from old Lakeview parking lot at 9 a.m.
  • April 16, 2016 – 9 a.m. Sand Ridge field trip (Henry Gleason Preserve). Leave from old Lakeview parking lot at 9 a.m.
  • May 21, 2016 – 9 a.m. Rock Island Trail Park field trip. Leave from old Lakeview parking lot at 9 a.m.
  • June 18, 2016 – 9 a.m. Sand Ridge State Park field trip. Leave from old Lakeview parking lot at 9 a.m.
  • July 16, 2016 – 9 a.m. Jubilee Prairie walk field trip. Meet at Jubilee Park (Red Fox Run) at 9 a.m.
  • August 20, 2016 – 9 a.m. Merwin Nature Preserve field trip. Leave from old Lakeview parking lot at 9 a.m.
  • September 17, 2016 – 5 p.m. Picnic and night collecting at Jubilee Park. Meet at Jubilee Park at 5 p.m. (note time change)
  • October 15, 2016 – 9 a.m. Singing Woods field trip. Meet at Frank’s house at 9 a.m.
  • November 19, 2016 – Show and tell. Meet at Frank’s house at 9 a.m.
  • No December meeting (Happy Holidays)

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