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Cold Adapted Insects

Saturday, February 18th, 2017

I decided to make a separate recording of the presentation I gave to our group on Feb. 18, 2017. This is a slightly shorter version.

Cold Adapted Insects from Mark DuBois on Vimeo.

Please use the comments section if you have questions about this presentation.

November, 2016 meeting

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

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.

WTVP Interview with Frank

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Frank was recently interviewed by WTVP. We thought you might be interested in viewing the copy posted on YouTube.

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

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

Illinois Insect – Giant Swallowtail

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

This Giant Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio cresphontes) was photographed by Gordon Adams (a member of our group). Butterflies of this species are the largest butterflies found in Illinois. They are typically encountered in woods and nearby open areas.

Illinois Insect – Regal Fritillary

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

This photograph of a Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia) was taken by our member Gordon Adams. This butterfly species is typically found in prairie or other open environments (more often in sandy regions). This is a state enangered species. More information can be found in the book – Field Guide to Butterflies of Illinois by John Bouseman and James Sternburg (2001 – ISBN 1-882932-05-6).

Regal Fritillary