Portrait of an early spring honey bee worker, covered in dandelion pollen. Urbana, Illinois, USA.
A busy comb inside a hive of western honey bees, the species most commonly kept for honey and pollination services. Urbana, Illinois, USA.
The three castes (worker, queen, drone) of the western honey bee.
A bumble bee takes off after working a purple coneflower. Urbana, Illinois, USA.
A native bumble bee visits prairie milkweed. Urbana, Illinois, USA
Tropical beetle specimens
Teaching collection at the University of Illinois.
Silhouetted against the dusk sky, a parasitic crown-of-thorns wasp lays her egg in the trunk of a redbud tree. Her target is probably wood-boring beetles. Urbana, Illinois, USA.
A male big dipper firefly signals at dusk in an ascending line. Urbana, Illinois, USA
A 10 minute night exposure in a restored Illinois prairie reveals the signals of several different species of fireflies, each with a unique pattern. Homer Lake, Illinois, USA.
Portrait of a hunting ant, Leptogenys elongata. Austin, Texas, USA
Keel Billed Toucan
This Keel-Billed Toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) was rehabilated from an injury by Caves Branch Lodge in Armenia, Belize.
Ant-mimic clubionid spider
Velvet ant. Sand Ridge State Forest, Illinois, USA.
Cotesia congregata and Manduca sexta
A hornworm rears up when attacked by a parasitic Cotesia congregata wasp. Laboratory animals at the University of Illinois.
The eclosion of a female mosquito. Mosquito larvae and pupae live underwater, but the mature pupal casing spilts on a seam at the air/water boundary, releasing the adult to the atmosphere. Laboratory culture at Rockefeller University.
The eclosion of a female yellow fever mosquito. Mosquito larvae and pupae live underwater, but the mature pupal casing spilts on a seam at the air/water boundary, releasing the adult to the atmosphere. Laboratory culture at Rockefeller University.
A periodical cicada molts into the winged adult form. Panther Creek State Conservation Area, Illinois, USA.
Portrait of a periodical cicada, Magicicada cassini. Panther Creek State Conservation Area, Illinois, USA.
Danaus plexippus - Monarch
Face to face with a monarch caterpillar. Laboratory animal at the University of Kentucky.
Portrait of a big-headed ant, one of the world's most ecologically damaging invasive species. Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
Yellow crazy ant workers tend aphids for honeydew. Cairns, Queensland, Australia.
A young polyphemus caterpillar feeds on an oak tree. Urbana, Illinois, USA.
A side view of a root-maggot fly shows the right haltere, a flight balancing organ between the flight wing and the hind leg that serves like a gyroscope. Urbana, Illinois USA.
Maliau Basin, Borneo.
Polyrhachis (Hagiomyrma) sp.
Portrait of a golden spiny ant. Queensland Australia.
A rarely-seen predatory Eurhopalothrix worker tends to eggs in the brood nest. Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia.
Morpho peleides - blue morpho
Eggs of the morpho butterfly are every bit as stunning as the adult insect. Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, Cayó District, Belize.
Portrait of a female Chinese Mantis, an Asian species that has become common in North America following introduction for biological pest control. Urbana, Illinois, USA.