Recent Travels: Places
June 27, 2016 at 4:44 pm (dragonflies and damselflies, invertebrates (other), reptiles and amphibians, singing insects)
Tags: four-spotted skimmer, Gomphus externus, Goose Pond, Gryllus vernalis, Illinois Beach State Park, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Libellula quadrimaculata, Marquette Trail, midland painted turtle, northern wood cricket, plains clubtail, Turkey Run State Park
by Carl Strang
I have fallen behind on blog posts. The season is heating up, and I have kept busy doing various surveys in various places. Today’s start on catching up will focus on some scenes and miscellaneous photos taken along the way.
The Marquette Trail at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore passes beautiful marsh and sand savanna habitats.
I found northern wood crickets singing along the trail. They bury themselves in leaf litter like this.
Another example of a wood cricket song site. I tried to get a look at one, but they choose deeply stacked litter areas with plenty of hidey holes and escape routes.
Painted turtles wandered the savanna seeking good places to lay their eggs.
Another good sand area is Illinois Beach State Park. Here a trail goes through the zone behind the fore dunes.
Farther back from the edge of Lake Michigan, black oak savanna lines the trail.
Though my main interest was singing insects, there were many four-spotted skimmers to enjoy at IBSP.
I also have spent some time in Kendall County. This plains clubtail was at Hoover Forest Preserve.
This year’s Indiana Academy of Sciences bioblitz was at Goose Pond in southern Indiana. I stopped on the way down for a walk at Turkey Run State Park. Ravines there provide many scenes like this.
I didn’t end up taking any scenery shots at Goose Pond. As I was setting up the UV light, I found this mama spider crossing the road, her back covered with babies. All their eyes glittered like jewels in the headlamp.