Some Final Insect Photos

by Carl Strang

The arrival of snow flurries and skim ice on the lakes and marshes means that insects are pretty much done for the year. Today I will share some photos of a couple late season observations. One of these was at Fullersburg Woods Forest Preserve.

This is the red flat bark beetle, with the musical scientific name Cucujus clavipes.

This is the red flat bark beetle, with the musical scientific name Cucujus clavipes.

I recognized that little critter thanks to the Observe Your Preserve website, through a contributed photo by Linda Padera.

Some of us in the Education department participated in a morning bioblitz at the Lemont Quarries at the beginning of November. It was a chilly morning, but we found a few insects, including a new species for me, Walsh’s grasshopper.

Not a singing species, this short-winged hopper is in the spur-throated group.

Not a singing species, this short-winged hopper is in the spur-throated group.

The hind tibia are orange or red with yellow bases.

The hind tibia are orange or red with yellow bases.

This grasshopper turned up in its typical habitat, a mix of forbs and brush at the edge of a woodland.

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