Cuivre River State Park

Prairie wildflowers are great for butterflies, flies and wasps along the Prairie Trail and Blazing Star Trail.

Lakeside Trail, Lake Lincoln, Cuivre River State Park, Troy, MissouriHiking the Lakeside Trail provides great looks at damselflies such as Blue-fronted Dancer. Dragonflies such as the Widow Skimmer are common, but I also usually find one or two clubtails such as Flag-Tailed Spinyleg (Dromogomphus spoliatus).

Insects at Cuivre

Our July 2011 trip to Cuivre River State Park was unforgettable. Blooming Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium yuccifolium) covered the Prairie Trail. The flowers attracted tons of insects including dozens of Mydas flies (both Mydas clavatus and M. tibialis) and my first look at a Wedge-shaped Beetle (Ripiphoridae).

Mydas Fly (Mydas tibialis)

Wedge-shaped Beetle (Ripiphoridae).

updated 11 December 2011