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Archive for May, 2009

Illinois Insect – Chinese Mantid

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

This photo of a Chinese Mantid (Tenodera aridifolia) was taken by Gordon Adams (a member of our group). There are roughly 2,300 described species of the insect order Mantodea. This particular species was introduced into the area near Philadelphia around 1900 and has become widely distributed.

Chinese Mantid

Illinois Insect – Large Milkweed Bug

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

This photograph og a large milkweed bug (Oncopeltus fasciatus) was taken by our member Gordon Adams. Members of this family (Lygaeidae) of the insect order Heteroptera are commonly called seed bugs. As yu can see, they are conspiculously marked. Typically, such markings warn predators that the insect in not very tasty.

Large Milkweed Bug

Illinois Insect – Great Spangled Fritillary

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009

This Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele) was photographed by our member Gordon Adams. This species is typically found in open areas or near the edge of forested areas. It can be common at times (depending on the climate conditions in a given year).

Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly