August 19, 2015 at 6:19 am (plant-eating insects, singing insects)
Tags: Amblycorypha oblongifolia, Bombus auricomus, Bombus fervidus, Carolina ground cricket, Eunemobius carolinus, Kankakee Sands, Mayslake, Midewin, mottled sand grasshopper, oblong-winged katydid, Spharagemon collare, Subat
by Carl Strang
Time to bring out a backlog of photos from the first half of August. First, a couple bumble bees from my last day on the job at Mayslake Forest Preserve.
This Bombus auricomus was huge, practically dwarfing the carpenter bees working nearby. She must have been a new queen, stocking up for her long winter wait.
Nearby, this yellow bumble bee Bombus fervidus also worked the wild bergamot.
The remaining photos are from a few days’ bouncing around in singing insect surveys.
This oblong-winged katydid peeked out through a hole in the vegetation in the late dusk at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie.
This mottled sand grasshopper at Kankakee Sands was my first for Newton County, Indiana.
Female Carolina ground crickets are distinctive with their short ovipositors. This one posed at Subat Forest Preserve, Kendall County.