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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 10:10 AM CDT

Description

On Apocynum in the marsh prairie bottoms of Bogus Run.

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martinlucas

Date

July 5, 2020 11:20 AM CDT

Description

Nectaring on Asclepias syriaca in a sand prairie and old field. These were particularly abundant and this photo is representative of what most of them looked like. I noticed they make a loud and high frequency whine when flying, a bit like the sound of a dentist's drill. Many A. tuberosas and a few A. verticillatas were in bloom, but these bee flies had a clear preference for syriaca. It seems unlikely that they do any pollination at all since they refrain from landing on the flowers. If they did, it seems likely many would become trapped in the pollinia.

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Coral Hairstreak Satyrium titus

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martinlucas

Date

July 5, 2020 11:10 AM CDT

Description

Nectaring on Asclepias tuberosa in a sand prairie and old field area where these flowers are abundant.

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Viereck's Sweat Bee Lasioglossum vierecki

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martinlucas

Date

July 5, 2020 09:10 AM CDT

Description

A tiny golden bee collecting pollen from Dalea purpurea. ID based primarily on prior IDs of the species from this site. (see https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/30299737) Though its small size (~4mm) makes it a challenge to photograph, it seems to be common. Photos depict a single bee.

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Punctured Tiger Beetle Cicindela punctulata

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martinlucas

Date

July 5, 2020 10:45 AM CDT

Description

A tiger beetle in a sand barren on a hot summer day -- this one seemed less robust than tiger beetles I've noticed there before and looks all black in this photo at least. I've never noticed an all black one before. Unfortunately, not a good photo but still an interesting one.

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Weevil Wasps Genus Cerceris

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martinlucas

Date

July 5, 2020 10:45 AM CDT

Description

I saw this small wasp (I suppose) patrolling about 10 cm above the surface of a sand barren area in a sand prairie. It didn't seem to alight so I took some pot shots at it, this was the best one. I'd estimate it a 6 or 7mm. I'm stumped on this one -- it is somewhat similar to a tiny Cerceris. Maybe some kind of parasite of sand wasps? (the wings are invisible in these photos, but it was indeed winged and was flying, patrol style -- the wings were probably hyaline)

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Leafcutter, Mortar, and Resin Bees Genus Megachile

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martinlucas

Date

July 5, 2020 09:05 AM CDT

Description

On Dalea purpurea in a sand prairie and old field. Dalea purpurea was planted as part of restoration of this area, though it certainly might have grown there at some point in the past. The bot suggest M. pugnata, but to me it seemed more like a resin bee, so I'm suggesting subgenus Chelestomoides. Looking at BG, the two elongated white dots on the front of the scutum and the transverse pale line across the top of the thorax looked a lot like the markings on Megachile chilopsidis, a species from far to the southwest -- perhaps one that's related though. A robust megachile with a chunky head and big mandibles.

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Satellite Flies Subfamily Miltogramminae

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martinlucas

Date

July 5, 2020 11:01 AM CDT

Description

A barren area in a sand prairie -- quite small, maybe 4 or 5mm. The area has lots of digger wasps. It seemed to perch on dry vegetation a few centimeters above the hot sand.

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Flies Order Diptera

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martinlucas

Date

July 5, 2020 11:51 AM CDT

Description

In a sand barren on a hot day.

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Eastern Carpenter Bee Xylocopa virginica

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 07:24 AM CDT

Description

In a marsh prairie in the bottoms of Bogus Run. Carpenter bees seemed to be the main pollinator visitors to these prominent flowers.

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 09:15 AM CDT

Description

In a thicket in the marshy bottoms of Bogus Run. Similar to Tenthredo verticalis.

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 10:55 AM CDT

Description

Nectaring on Asclepias tuberosa in a sand prairie and old field area. About the size of a typical house fly.

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Yellow-horned Flower Longhorn Beetle Strangalia luteicornis

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 09:23 AM CDT

Description

Rosa palustris was in vibrant bloom in the wet parts of the Bogus Run bottoms, so I found my way out there to try some photos. Pollinator activity on them generally was not that interesting though -- these flowers seem to mostly attract long-horn flower beetles and carpenter bees.

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Gnat Ogres Genus Holcocephala

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 09:08 AM CDT

Description

In the prairie marsh bottoms of Bogus Run. A small fly -- except for the eyes.

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Lesser Crane Flies Family Limoniidae

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 09:05 AM CDT

Description

On Apocynum in the prairie marsh bottoms of Bogus Run.

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 10:00 AM CDT

Description

Flying in a slow hovering fashion among tall vegetation in the prairie marsh in the bottoms of Bogus Run. This is a male. [identified by Ken Wolgemuth on BG: https://bugguide.net/node/view/1590746 ]

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Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle Labidomera clivicollis

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 10:40 AM CDT

Description

Munching on an Asclepias syriaca leaf on a sandy roadside. A rather large beetle.

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Clouded Yellows Genus Colias

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 10:54 AM CDT

Description

Nectaring on Asclepias tuberosa in a sand prairie and old field area. I guess this is an 'alba' and it seems tricky to distinguish the clouded from the orange.

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 10:30 AM CDT

Description

In the marshy bottoms of Bogus Run. Seems closest to Choristoneura rosaceana, and there were lots of marsh roses blooming in the area.

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Sand-Loving Wasps Genus Tachytes

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 10:07 AM CDT

Description

On Apocynum in a marsh prairie in the bottoms of Bogus Run. This one seems smaller than the other Tachytes I usually see in the area, the legs are red distally and black proximally, the wings are hyaline but slightly amber and there's some golden hair on the thorax. Photos depict a single individual.

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 09:23 AM CDT

Description

In the marsh prairie part of the bottoms of Bogus Run. I believe it was on a common milkweed leaf, but I can't really tell for certain from the image. A small chalcid wasp, I've seen Perilampus in a nearby sand prairie, but it's similar to some related chalcids too.

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 09:40 AM CDT

Description

In a swampy thicket in the bottoms of Bogus Run. To me, it looks most like Glaphyria glaphyralis, but sesquistrialis is quite similar.

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 12:55 AM CDT

Description

Came to black lights under an old white oak in my front lawn.

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 12:44 AM CDT

Description

Came to black lights beneath an old white oak in my front lawn.

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Tufted Bird-dropping Moth Cerma cerintha

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 12:36 AM CDT

Description

Came to black lights underneath an old white oak tree in my front lawn.

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Inverse Dichomeris Moth Dichomeris inversella

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 12:30 AM CDT

Description

Came to black lights under an old oak tree in my front lawn. I lean toward 'inversella or kimballi', which seem to be more or less identical from photographic evidence.

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Orange Wing Mellilla xanthometata

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 12:22 AM CDT

Description

Came to black lights under an old white oak in my front lawn. I didn't suspect that it was hiding orange, but it seems a good match.

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Painted Lichen Moth Hypoprepia fucosa

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 12:45 AM CDT

Description

A medium sized moth -- came to black lights under an old white oak in my front lawn.

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Orange-headed Epicallima Moth Epicallima argenticinctella

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 01:10 AM CDT

Description

Came to black lights under an old white oak in my front lawn.

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Yellow Nutsedge Moth Diploschizia impigritella

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martinlucas

Date

July 3, 2020 01:05 AM CDT

Description

A micromoth - came to black lights beneath an old white oak tree in my front lawn. Suggested ID only, there are some similar looking moths.

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