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American Black Currant Ribes americanum

Observer

martinlucas

Date

May 15, 2019 05:32 PM CDT

Description

In a sand and muck bottomland thicket near Bogus Run.

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Virginia Strawberry Fragaria virginiana

Observer

martinlucas

Date

May 15, 2019 05:13 PM CDT

Description

In an old field.

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martinlucas

Date

May 15, 2019 04:21 PM CDT

Description

A fairly large spider in the wet vegetation of a sunny marsh near Bogus Run. Looks similar to some in genus Tigrosa to me, but I'm certainly not suggesting that as an ID.

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Meadow Fritillary Boloria bellona

Observer

martinlucas

Date

May 15, 2019 05:08 PM CDT

Description

Resting in a blooming patch of wild strawberries in an old field being reforested to oaks and other hardwoods. Perhaps 1.75" wide. A tentative ID based mainly on the iNat bot, so please don't rely on this until confirmed or corrected.

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Bulbous Cress Cardamine bulbosa

Observer

martinlucas

Date

May 15, 2019 04:17 PM CDT

Description

In a sunny marsh adjacent to Bogus Run. The bee is probably subg. Zadontomerus.

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martinlucas

Date

May 15, 2019 04:17 PM CDT

Description

On Cardamine bulbosa in a marsh adjacent to Bogus Run. This was the only bee I noticed visiting Cardamine bulbosa flowers, which were scattered throughout the sunny portions of the marsh. The two photos probably depict the same individual.

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martinlucas

Date

May 8, 2019 05:05 PM CDT

Description

Visiting Cornus florida blossoms in a woodsy small town residential area. E. servus seems the most likely to me. Photos are of a single individual.

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Nomad Bees Genus Nomada

Observer

martinlucas

Date

May 8, 2019 04:56 PM CDT

Description

Visiting Cornus florida blossoms in a woodsy small town residential area.

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Sarcophagine Flesh Flies Subfamily Sarcophaginae

Observer

martinlucas

Date

May 8, 2019 04:57 PM CDT

Description

A fairly large fly resting placidly on a Cornus florida blossom in a sunny location on a windy afternoon.

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Yellow Dung Fly Scathophaga stercoraria

Observer

martinlucas

Date

May 8, 2019 04:54 PM CDT

Description

On Cornus florida in a woodsy residential area.

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Mining Bees Genus Andrena

Observer

martinlucas

Date

May 4, 2019 12:34 PM CDT

Description

On Prunus americana blossoms near Bogus Run - at the edge between a marsh and an oak woodland. I'm saying 'Andrena' based on the time of year and because I think I see facial fovea. The reddish wings seem potentially distinctive, and it looks like the hind leg scopae are pale yellow. This series depicts a single individual in sequence.

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Neighborly Mining Bee Andrena vicina

Observer

martinlucas

Date

May 4, 2019 12:22 PM CDT

Description

On Prunus americana blossoms near Bogus Run at the edge between a marsh and a woodland. Large size, black scopa hairs and all yellow/tan thoracic hairs suggest A. vicina to me (a female). Photos depict a single individual.

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Northern Bog Violet Viola nephrophylla

Observer

martinlucas

Date

May 5, 2019 02:37 PM CDT

Description

In a black sand/muck wooded swamp. ID based on habitat, rounded leaf form, and distinguished from the similar v. cucculata by the longer hairs on lateral petals. On the other hand, V. nephrophylla is generally described as having hairless stems, and here the flower stems show some sparse, but rather long, hairs. This is a somewhat speculative ID, so please don't rely on it until it's confirmed or corrected by an expert -- and FWIW, it's my opinion that many violets on iNat have dubious IDs. My main resources for this ID were "Flora of the Chicago Region" and Minnesota Wildflowers: https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/flower/northern-bog-violet

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Wolf Spiders Family Lycosidae

Observer

martinlucas

Date

May 4, 2019 01:32 PM CDT

Description

On bare sand on the south bank of Hook Creek. A fairly large spider -- my inclination was Agelenidae, but the iNat bot said wolf spider, and that seems reasonable too.

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martinlucas

Date

May 5, 2019 02:50 PM CDT

Description

In a moist oak woodland near a wooded swamp. Similar to one I photographed in the same general area on May 28, 2018: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/12922053

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Nomad Bees Genus Nomada

Observer

martinlucas

Date

May 5, 2019 03:06 PM CDT

Description

A small, mostly red Nomada. I found it patrolling around a few blooming Claytonia virginica plants in a sand prairie thicket area. It zigzagged about an inch above the surface - I did not see it stop at any time. Photos depict a single individual. I didn't list Claytonia virginica as an associated plant because I'm not sure it was there because of the blossoms.

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Nomad Bees Genus Nomada

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martinlucas

Date

May 5, 2019 02:49 PM CDT

Description

Patrolling low above the leaf litter among Viola pubescens eriocarpa - near a wooded swamp. The photos are of a single individual -- the bee was in flight and so the wings are blurred to the point of being invisible.

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martinlucas

Date

May 4, 2019 12:47 PM CDT

Description

A small bee on Claytonia virginica in a sandy black oak woodland. The series depicts a single individual in sequence.

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Maculated Cuckoo Nomad Bee Nomada maculata

Observer

martinlucas

Date

May 4, 2019 02:06 PM CDT

Description

Visiting Prunus americana blossoms near in a sandy old field near a roadside. Seems likely a male, based on long antennae. The series depicts a single individual.

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Spring Beauty Mining Bee Andrena erigeniae

Observer

martinlucas

Date

April 21, 2019 11:58 AM CDT

Description

Collecting pollen on Claytonia virginica in an upland woodland; but the best photo I got was of this one sunning on a leaf - note the characteristic pink pollen. Similar at least to A. eriginae. There were several collecting pollen in the area.

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martinlucas

Date

April 21, 2019 11:39 AM CDT

Description

These beetles were quite numerous on blooming Caltha palustris along a small creek where it discharges from a wetland area down to the Tippecanoe River. The Illinois wildflowers website mentions Plateumaris nitida as a visitor to Caltha palustris -- these look similar, but my photographs aren't that good so I don't think a species ID is possible. Even the genus is just a suggestion at this point, please don't rely on it until confirmed or corrected by an expert.

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American Hazelnut Corylus americana

Observer

martinlucas

Date

April 7, 2019 10:58 AM CDT

Description

In bloom on the banks of Bogus Run.

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martinlucas

Date

April 7, 2019 12:55 PM CDT

Description

On narcissus under a maple tree in my lawn. Mostly, I grow native plants but collected these 'daffodils' from an old garden at a house I lived in as a small child. The house is long gone -- these are some simple and robust old-fashioned variety. I was surprised to see green sweat bees visiting them as temperatures rose around midday today. The flowers were putting out more perfume than I usually associate with narcissus. These bees may not all be the same individual, but they look about the same to me. The bee(s) were crawling into the tube and appeared to be collecting pollen. This is a tentative ID only, please don't rely on it until confirmed or corrected by an expert -- and it does seem very early in the year for an Agapostemon.

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Alders Genus Alnus

Observer

martinlucas

Date

April 5, 2019 02:54 PM CDT

Description

A large shrub or small tree currently in bloom -- in a swamp in the bottom lands of Bogus Run (deep muck soil). Based on "Flora of the Chicago Region" it seems to be either A. rugosa (A. incarna ssp. rugosa here) or A serrulata.

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Maples Genus Acer

Observer

martinlucas

Date

April 5, 2019 03:17 PM CDT

Description

My first thought was A. saccharinum but A. rubrum is similar. In an open swamp in muck soil near Bogus Run, a habitat more typical of A. saccharinum. Either way, these look like the female flowers to me. A small tree.

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Arthropods Phylum Arthropoda

Observer

martinlucas

Date

March 16, 2019 12:21 PM CDT

Description

Collected in spring waters seeping out at the edge of Bogus Run bottoms. About 3mm, maybe 4mm. The water is slow moving, the bottom is muck, with ample aquatic vegetation.

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martinlucas

Date

March 16, 2019

Description

Collected in a spring area in the bottoms of Bogus Run. To my novice eye this looks like some in genus Gammarus [note -- see below]. It's about 3mm. The location is slowly moving water with a muck bottom and lots of vegetation. When I collected it, I assumed it was a fairy shrimp, but have changed my opinion after looking at the photos. Please do not rely on this ID until it's confirmed for corrected by an expert. The photos depict a single individual.

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martinlucas

Date

March 16, 2019 12:47 PM CDT

Description

Collected in a spring area in the bottoms of Bogus Run. Slow moving water with a muck bottom and lots of aquatic vegetation. I assumed it was a fairy shrimp, but looking at photos of those, I'm not really sure now. These three photos depict a single individual. The body is probably about 3mm long. Please do not rely on my speculative ID until it's confirmed or corrected by an expert.

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Copepods Subclass Copepoda

Observer

martinlucas

Date

March 16, 2019 12:12 PM CDT

Description

From a spring area in the Bogus Run bottoms - muck bottom, slow moving water, lots of aquatic vegetation. The second image is a processed version of the same capture in an effort to bring out detail.

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Copepods Subclass Copepoda

Observer

martinlucas

Date

March 16, 2019 12:09 PM CDT

Description

Collected in a spring in Bogus Run bottoms - muck bottom, and aquatic vegetation such as duck weed. I think these two photos are the same individual.

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