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Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis

Observer

suzanne11

Date

January 20, 2019 04:31 PM HST

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Metricus Paper Wasp Polistes metricus

Observer

amoorehouse

Date

September 14, 2018 12:48 PM CDT

Description

Found on Canada goldenrod in weedy field at Heron Bend Conservation Area.

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martinlucas

Date

July 21, 2015 12:13 PM CDT

Description

On Dalea purpurea in a sand prairie and old field area. Photos depict a single individual.

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Leafcutter, Mortar, and Resin Bees Genus Megachile

Observer

martinlucas

Date

August 22, 2018 08:12 AM CDT

Description

My sister Donna https://www.inaturalist.org/people/donnalucas discovered a Megachile nest while digging in her garden, and successfully placed it in a jar for examination. The bees started emerging at about 8:00 am on August 22, 2018. She brought the nest over to my house nearby, and we took it out onto the patio where I photographed the bees emerging, and then flying away. These are rather small Megachile bees -- the nest was found in a suburban looking area of a small town. Remnants of sand prairies and black oak savannas in more or less degraded condition are present nearby. Though I didn't notice it at the time, a green fly also emerged; likely a parasite of these bees. Because I didn't notice the fly at the time, I didn't get good photos, but will nevertheless post them as my next observation (see: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/18841697). This is a long series posted in chronological sequence, but I hope worth it to some; I have quite a few more but I think these show most of the interesting behaviors. I think at least three bees emerged, but no photo shows more than two. The vessel is a small Pyrex measuring cup.

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Widow Yellowjacket Vespula vidua

Observer

martinlucas

Date

September 23, 2018 11:23 AM CDT

Description

On an aster (Symphyotrichum) in a sand prairie marsh and thicket area. The predominance of dark markings caught my eye. The flower is most likely Symphyotrichum pilosum, but Symphyotrichum ericoides is similar. This tentative ID is based primarily on the markings but I didn't see a really clear explanation of how to get yellowjackets to species so please don't rely on this until confirmed or corrected by an expert. Photos depict a single individual.

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amoorehouse

Date

May 30, 2017 01:44 PM CDT

Description

Found on meadow anemone in planted prairie at Wapello Land and Water Reserve.

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martinlucas

Date

August 23, 2018 04:49 PM CDT

Description

On Eupatorium perfoliatum in a marsh and thicket in the sunny bottom lands of Bogus Run.

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martinlucas

Date

August 22, 2018 05:36 PM CDT

Description

On a sunflower, probably Helianthus X cinereus, in a sand prairie near a marsh. These large Megachile bees were active and rather tame, and lighting conditions were good so I was fortunate to get quite a few good shots; the photos depict more than one individual. Helianthus X cinereus is not available as a choice on iNat so I've simply tagges as "Helianthus". I had formerly thought these were H. hirsutus, though they didn't key out all that well; in summer 2017 Laura Rericha, co-author of "Flora of the Chicago Region" informed me these are X cinereus, perhaps a hybrid of H. mollis and H. occidentalis, both of which are common nearby. Whatever you call them, they seem to be especially attractive to M. fortis. [see also: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/19800354]

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kjhung

Date

August 4, 2018 07:44 AM EDT

Description

Male Cemolobus ipomoeae resting in Ipomoea pandurata flower at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park. This was the only male I saw this day; all others were females foraging for pollen.

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martinlucas

Date

July 22, 2018 02:34 PM CDT

Description

On Ratibida pinnata in my mostly native sand prairie garden.

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Sand-Loving Wasps Genus Tachytes

Observer

martinlucas

Date

July 16, 2018 01:03 PM CDT

Description

On Monarda punctata in my mostly native sand prairie garden. Based on prior IDs from the site, I'm inclined to think it's Tachytes guatemalensis. The white substance on the top side of its thorax is M. punctata pollen I think; the second photograph illustrates the wasp oriented pollination scheme of this plant. These two photos depict a single individual.

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Ghost Tiger Beetle Ellipsoptera lepida

Observer

cesmith

Date

July 7, 2018 08:26 AM CDT

Description

One of many seen. This species was last observed in this area in ~ 2000 or 2001.

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Variegated Cuckoo Bees Genus Epeolus

Observer

martinlucas

Date

July 8, 2018 12:09 PM CDT

Description

On Rudbeckia in a sand prairie. Might be a female Epeolus lectoides, ID'd from the same location in summer of 2017: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1398772

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martinlucas

Date

June 28, 2018 05:59 PM CDT

Description

On Asclepias tuberosa in my mostly native sand prairie garden. Smaller than a honeybee, larger than a typical sweat bee. My initial impression was 'cuckoo bee' (eg Epeolus). All the photos depict a single individual.

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Eastern Tiger Salamander Ambystoma tigrinum ssp. tigrinum

Observer

martinlucas

Date

June 9, 2018 07:33 AM CDT

Description

In a fishless, sand bottomed pond with clear, clean water. ID using: http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/mgray/wfs493/HovermanLarvaeID.pdf - Also, the only species of salamander that has been seen in adult form in the area. However, I didn't see the blue-spotted salamander in the key and the habitat for that species is potentially available. Photos are probably not of the same individual. In the third photo, the salamander tries unsuccessfully to eat a large wormlike creature, possible some kind of leech.

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martinlucas

Date

August 5, 2017 12:51 PM CDT

Description

A series of photos of an individual female Myzinum wasp visiting Asclepias verticillata on a sand prairie and old field area. This seemed a rather large Myzinum to me. The dotted terga suggest M. carolinianum or obscurum. I see that obscurum is identified by striations on the propodeum. I feel like these may be visible here, but am not sure.