Elegant Spreadwing

June 14th, 2014

I went to Prairie Garden Trust in mid-June hoping to view an Arrowhead Clubtail after Henry Domke photographed a mating pair (Callaway County's first record of this species). Unfortunately, I didn't find one, but did get to see two insect species for the first time. While we ate lunch at Potter's Lake, an Eyed Click Beetle landed on Jim's shirt briefly before disappearing into a tree. During a walk on the trail circling the lake, we enjoyed watching numerous dragonflies and damselflies including several Elegant Spreadwing damselflies in the shoreline vegetation.

Elegant Spreadwing, Lestes inaequalis:
dorso-lateral photograph of Elegant Spreadwing clinging to a blade of grass

Unicorn Clubtail

May 31st, 2014

Paul McKenzie identified a Unicorn Clubtail found and photographed by Henry Domke in Callaway County at the Prairie Garden Trust. Several days later I visited the property and found two Unicorn Clubtails at Potter's Lake.

Unicorn Clubtail, Arigomphus villosipes:

Mercury Vapor Light

May 26th, 2014

A mercury vapor light set up near the shoreline of a man-made pond near a native plant garden in a small woodland surrounded by farmland attracted a nice assortment of insects. This private property that I am fortunate to have been granted access to has excellent habitat. I am continually adding to the species list with virtually every visit; frequently with species I've never encountered before.

Deep Yellow Euchlaena, Euchlaena amoenaria:
Deep Yellow Euchlaena clinging to short vegetation

Gray Scoopwing, Callizzia amorata:
Gray Scoopwing on lichen-covered tree trunk

Hagen's Sphinx, Ceratomia hageni:

Honey Locust Moth, Sphingicampa bicolor:

Small Necklace Moth, Hypsoropha hormos:

Rose Hooktip, Oreta rosea:

Fishfly, Chauliodes:

Grapevine Epimenis

April 21st, 2014

For the past few years, I've completely missed seeing any Grapevine Epimenis (Psychomorpha epimenis) moths. The adults are only present for a few weeks in spring. I saw 2 during a bike ride on the MKT Nature and Fitness Trail (near Brushwood Lake and at the Stadium Blvd trailhead) on April 12th. On April 18th through the 20th, I saw numerous individuals on private property in Boone County. This image of a Grapevine Epimenis nectaring at Wild Plum was taken on Easter Sunday, 2014. I got a quick glimpse of one flying past my bike near Brushwood Lake on the morning of April 21st.

Grapevine Epimenis (Psychomorpha epimenis) nectaring at Wild Plum


October 9th, 2012

On October 1st, I was bitten by a thrips. I was really glad - I'd just been hoping for a better photo of one.

Thrips Thysanoptera Tubulifera Phlaeothripidae