Season’s End Photo Bag
October 16, 2015 at 5:59 am (plant-eating insects, singing insects)
Tags: common checkered-skipper, Conocephalus strictus, handsome trig, Phyllopalpus pulchellus, Pyrgus communis, regal fritillary, Speyeria idalia, straight-lanced meadow katydid
by Carl Strang
Time to share miscellaneous left-over photos from this year’s singing insects prospecting trips. These are pictures that didn’t fit the posts that covered the locations where they were taken. All are from within my 22-county survey area.
This regal fritillary fed from blazing star flowers at an eastern Illinois location far from this rare species’ main Illinois range.
Though field guides describe the common checkered-skipper as eastern North America’s most abundant butterfly, it is not one I encounter very often.
This bush katydid flew to a high perch on a tree but remained just long enough for me to take a distant photo before moving on. I don’t know enough to identify the species.
Handsome trig. I added one more Indiana county to the ones where I have found this cricket, but have yet to find it in any of the Chicago region’s other states.
Straight-lanced meadow katydid, long winged form. I found this species in 6 more counties in 2015, in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.