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Spring Insects

The record setting warm spring has ushered in the early appearance of numerous insects.
While on a walk recently at Swallow Cliff Forest Preserve, I was able to observe several species. There were an abundance of pond damselflies clinging almost invisibly to blades of grass, waiting for unsuspecting prey. Beautifully marked "bee mimics", flower pollinating hover flies seemed to be everywhere. Most notable were the hundreds of Red Admiral Butterflies. They were darting around the sunlit trail in a frenzy of activity, which included mid-air mating displays, sipping nectar from the varied spring blossoms, or warming themselves on any available surface, including my head!

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