Green Darners are one of our largest dragonflies, and one of the easiest to recognize. Their bodies grow over three inches long, with a wingspan of 4 1/2 inches.
Green Darners are dimorphic, which means males and females look different. Both sexes have a green thorax (middle section of body), but males have a blue abdomen (long back part of body), while females' abdomens are purplish-gray.
Both males and females have a mark like a target on their faces. Green Darners' eyes are brown.
This was hatching out of its chrysalis on the door of the Nature Center.
Mourning cloaks are a fairly large butterfly with a wing span of 6-10 cm. The dark, brown wings with beige coloured edges and blue spots make them easy to identify. The underside of the wings are cryptically coloured, dark brown with lighter brown edges.
Found this species up at the Nature Center at Devil's Lake State Park.
At up to 2 inches long, it is one of the largest known "click" beetles in the family Elateridae. The huge false eyespots make it readily identifiable; it is thought these startle predators into thinking they are confronting an animal much larger than it really is. The true eyes are located behind the base of the saw-toothed antennae. Most click beetles are considerably smaller and not as conspicuously marked.
First ones I've seen this spring. Had 2 chasing each other on a tree trunk.