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Archive for June, 2009

Illinois Insect – Paper Wasp

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

This paper wasp (Polistes fuscatus) was photographed by our member Gordon Adams. Paper wasps are members of the insect family Vespidae in the order Hymenoptera. Their nests consist of a horizontal comb of paper cells supported by a slender stalk. These wasps make paper by mixing bits of wood with their saliva.

Paper Wasp

Illinois Insect – Soldier Beetle

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

This photo of a soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus) was taken by Gordon Adams. Soldier beetles are members of the beetle family Cantharidae and the adults are usually found on flowers.

Soldier Beetle