Recent Maylake Insects

by Carl Strang

Today’s post accomplishes some catch-up on insect observations at Mayslake Forest Preserve. Familiar species have returned. Eastern amberwings have been especially abundant this year.

The male is well named, his wings a solid amber color.

Less abundant but always a welcome sight is the dogbane beetle.

The jewel-like iridescence makes this species stand out.

Earlier in the season I found some LeConte’s haploas in the stream corridor prairies.

This is the second member of its genus to appear at Mayslake, the other being the reversed haploa.

Another species commonly visiting flowers proved to be easy to identify.

Archytas apicifer has a shining blue-black abdomen and a striped olive or gray thorax. It has been an abundant flower feeder this year.

This fly is a parasite of caterpillars, laying its eggs especially on those of the noctuid family.


  1. Linda Padera said,

    August 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm


    Meant to let you know that on July 2 I saw a spot-winged glider at the edge of the parking lot over at Mayslake. The day was exceptionally hot but I did get to see several other of the more common dragonflies before the heat drove me to the exit.

    Great photo of the eastern amberwing!

    Linda Padera

    • natureinquiries said,

      August 10, 2012 at 5:56 am

      Thanks, Linda!

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