June 13, 2018 Third day ASIW


We visited several different habitats today (and spent more time searching for specific insect species). This likely reduced the overall count of families encountered today. For example, I wanted to show students a toad bug. We have observed them every year that I have been at the Sun Foundation. This year it took much longer than anticipated to locate some.

I also set up a Winkler eclector (with new material from a red rot log) and a Malaise trap (photo below). This trap is located at the top of a south facing ridge (and typically receives a gentle breeze most of the day). We will examine the contents tomorrow.

Malaise trap set up and awaiting flying insects

Still More Insect taxa encountered

As we explored the fields and woods, we continued to put together a list of insects we encountered. We were able to identify most to family level. I have organized these below (by order). This is an updated list (new families/ orders encountered today are marked with an asterisk). This list expands on the insects encountered on Monday and Tuesday.

For those who are curious about our running total. Over the course of three days, we have encountered:

  • 16 orders of insects (15 if you exclude Collembola)
  • 66 families of insects (65 if you exclude Collembola)

Again, most of these insects were captured by students in the Illinois Insects classes (both major [morning] and minor [afternoon] classes). Since they are just learning about insects this week, I find this to be a most impressive list so far.

Class Entognatha – Subclass Collembola

Order Entomobryomorpha

  • Family Entomobryidae

Class Insecta

Order Blattodea

  • Family Ectobiidae (wood cockroach)

Order Coleoptera

  • Family Buprestidae
  • Family Cantharidae (soldier beetles)
  • Family Carabidae (ground beetles and tiger beetles)
  • Family Cerambycidae (long horn beetles)
    • Tetraopes tetraopthalamus [milkweed beetle]
  • Family Chrysomelidae (leaf beetles)
  • Family Coccinellidae (lady beetles)
  • Family Curculionidae (weevils)
  • Family Dytiscidae (predaceous diving beetles)
  • Family Elateridae (click beetles)
  • Family Gyrinidae (whirligig beetles)
  • Family Haliplidae (crawling water beetles)
  • Family Lampyridae (fireflies)
  • Family Scarabaeidae (scarab beetles)
    • Popillia japonica [Japanese beetle]
  • Family Silphidae

Order Dermaptera

  • Family Forficulidae (earwigs)

Order Diptera

  • Family Asilidae (robber flies) *
  • Family Bombyliidae (bee flies)
  • Family Culicidae (mosquitoes)
  • Family Dolicopodidae (long legged flies)
  • Family Muscidae (house flies)
  • Family Rhagionidae
  • Family Tabanidae (horse flies)
  • Family Tephritidae *
    • Eurosta solidaginis (goldenrod gall fly) *
  • Family Tipulidae (crane flies)

Order Ephemeroptera *

  • Family Ephemeridae *

Order Hemiptera

  • Family Belostomatidae (giant water bugs)
  • Family Cercopidae (spittle bugs)
  • Family Cicadellidae (leaf hoppers)
  • Family Coreidae (leaf-footed bugs)
  • Family Corixidae (water boatmen)
  • Family Gelastocoridae (toad bugs) *
  • Family Membracidae (tree hoppers)
  • Family Myridae (plant bugs)
  • Family Naucoridae (creeping water bugs)
  • Family Nabidae (damsel bugs)
  • Family Reduviidae (assassin bugs)
  • Family Scutelleridae (shield-backed bugs)
  • Family Tingidae (lace bugs) *
  • Family Veliidae (riffle bugs)

Order Hymenoptera

  • Family Apidae (bumble bees and honey bees)
  • Family Bethylidae *
  • Family Formicidae (ants)
    • Formica pallidefulva
    • Formica exsectoides
    • Lasius neoniger
    • Leptothorax curvispinosus *
    • Monomorium minimum
    • Myrmecina americana *
    • Ponera pennsylvanica *
    • Strumigenys sp. *
  • Family Tenthredinidae (sawflies)
  • Family Vespidae (potter wasps and others)

Order Lepidoptera

  • Family Erebidae
    • Haploa confusa
  • Family Geometridae (geometer moths)
  • Family Lycaenidae [blues]
  • Family Nymphalide
    • Asterocampa celtis [hackberry emperor butterfly]
    • Checkerspot butterfly
    • Speyeria cybele [great spangled fritillary]
  • Family Papilionidae (swallowtails)
  • Family Pieridae (sulphurs and whites)
  • Family Pyralidae
  • Family Satyridae (wood nymphs)

Order Mantodea

  • Family Mantidae
    • Tenodera sinensis [Chinese mantis nymphs]

Order Mecoptera

  • Family Panorpidae (scorpion-flies)

Order Neuroptera

  • Family Chrysopidae (green lacewings)

Order Odonata

  • Family Aeschnidae (darners)
  • Family Coenagrionidae (damselflies)
  • Family Libellulidae (skimmer dragonflies)

Order Orthoptera

  • Family Acrididae (band-wing grasshoppers)
  • Family Gryllidae
    • Phyllopalpus pulchellus [handsome trig]
  • Family Rhaphidophoridae (cave crickets)
  • Family Tettigoniidae (katydids)
  • Family Tridactylidae (pygmy mole crickets)

Order Phasmatodea

  • Family Diapheromeridae
    • Diapheromera femorata (common walkingstick)

Order Thysanoptera

  • Family Thripidae (thrips)

Other Arthorpods

  • Isopods
  • Geophilomorph centipede *
  • Scolopendromorph centipede
  • Spiders (mostly wolf spiders and relatives and Salticidae)
    • Geolycosa wrighti was the large brown spider we found in the afternoon)

We covered a lot of ground today as well. My total mileage was just at 7 miles again today. Coupled with the 20 miles I walked previously, I have now walked over 27 miles at the Sun Foundation in 2018.

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