Parkade Plaza Exhibit, Winter 2012

Exhibit will be up through the end of March 2012 in the lower level of Parkade Plaza, Columbia, Missouri. hanging layout




Edward's Hairstreak, Satyrium edwardsii
Edward's Hairstreak, Satyrium edwardsii Edward’s Hairstreak caterpillars produce honeydew which is eaten by ants. In exchange, the ants protect the caterpillars from parasitoids and predators.

The University of Milwaukee Field Station has a blog post on hairstreaks.


Question Mark, Polygonia interrogationis
Question Marks overwinter as adults, seeking shelter under bark or in brush piles. They live in the woods and feed on sap and animal droppings instead of flowers.

This one is feeding on mashed bananas, brown sugar and beer spread onto a tree trunk on a warm, early March day in Missouri.


Common Buckeye, Junonia coenia
Common Buckeye, Junonia coenia Male Common Buckeyes often perch on bare ground to watch for potential mates and occasionally fly to search for females or chase other insects.


Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis
Columbine, Aquilegia canadensis Spurs of Columbine flowers vary in length according to the primary pollinator - hummingbirds in the case of this Red Columbine.


Calico Pennant, Celithemis elisa
Bright red male Calico Pennants can be found at ponds and marshes during the summer. Dragonflies have an almost 360° field of view.


Red-banded Hairstreak, Calycopis cecrops
Red-banded Hairstreak, Calycopis cecrops The iridescent blue top side of the wings on Red-banded Hairstreaks can only be glimpsed in flight since they never perch with their wings spread open.


Ant, Formica subsericea; Treehoppers, Publilia concava
Ant, Formica subsericea; Treehoppers, Publilia concava An ant guards treehoppers in exchange for honeydew which they produce as a waste product from feeding on sap.

Manuel A. Morales. 2002. Ant-dependent oviposition in the membracid Publilia concava. Ecological Entomology. 24: 247-250


Robber Fly, Efferia
Robber Fly, Efferia Bristles on Robber Flies protect their faces from defensive actions of other insects grabbed as prey.

This robber fly was found perched on a fence post in Prairie State Park near Lamar, Missouri. Visit for more information on Robber Flies.


Milkweed Tussock Moth, Euchaetes egle
Milkweed Tussock Moth, Euchaetes egle Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillars are orange, black and white. This and similar color combinations are typical warnings that the insect is distasteful.


Hunchback Bee Fly, Lepidophora lepidocera
A Hunchback Bee Fly feeds on Black-eyed Susan nectar. Immatures hatch inside of wasp nests and eat the food provided for the wasp larvae.


Hummingbird Clearwing, Hemaris thysbe
Hummingbird Clearwing, Hemaris thysbe A long proboscis allows Hummingbird Clearwings, diurnal moths, to feed at a variety of flowers, including those with long corollas.


Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis
Blue Dasher, Pachydiplax longipennis Blue Dashers prey on other insects from a perch. Dragonflies are beneficial insects that do not sting or bite.


Red-humped Caterpillars, Schizura concinna
Red-humped Caterpillars, Schizura concinna When disturbed, gregarious Red-humped Caterpillars lift rear ends into the air and wave together to scare off predators. The caterpillars have warning colors of red, yellow, black and white.


Halloween Pennant, Celithemis eponina
Halloween Pennant, Celithemis eponina On hot days, obelisking dragonflies, such as this Halloween Pennant, lift their abdomens toward the sky, minimizing direct exposure to the sun.


Download a pdf worksheet which asks questions about the information contained in the above captions.

All images are available for purchase. Feel free to request an unframed print of the same or different size. Greeting cards are also available.

Some of the images are on growth charts used by parents and grandparents to create a family heirloom. Record heights from birth through high school - chart starts at 6” and extends to 6’6”. portion of growth chart featuring dragonflies

Price List:

Print Sizes: (a few images have been cropped, meaning that these proportions will be slightly different)
5" x 7" - $15 (paper size 8.5" x 11")
8.6" x 13" - $35 (paper size 12" x 16")
12" x 18" - $60 (paper size 18" x 24")
20" x 30" - $125 (paper size 24" x 36")

4 Greeting Cards - $14

Missouri residents are required to pay sales tax of 7.35%


See shipping charges chart for shipping to the continental U.S.

Ordering Prints:

Print the order form, complete it, and mail with a check to:
Donna Brunet
P.O. Box 7482
Columbia, Missouri 65205

Please send me any questions or concerns about ordering.


updated 3 February 2012