Here’s some bug sex for all you peeps out there (myself included.) What else would you expect from a dirty wormy?
With the profusion of red clover blooms, you can now find monarch butterflies feasting on their nectar. This monarch butterfly will live and die here in Illinois – being that it is May. Only the 4th generation monarchs migrate south each fall.
At first glance, you’ll notice how similar the coloring of this widow skimmer dragonfly is to the twelve-spotted dragonfly I posted yesterday. By looking closely at the pattern of black and white spots you can tell the difference. This particular widow skimmer is a male.
The twelve-spotted skimmer is named after the 3 black spots on each wing – for a total of 12 black spots. They are often seen perched on twigs by the water’s edge. This skimmer is a male.