Edge of the Prairiethe sand prairies and savannas of the Chicago region

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Argiopinae sp.
Orb Spider



Bombus sp.


Basilarchia archippus

Everes comynta comynta
Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly

Hyles lineata
Sphinx moth

Megistro cymela cymela
Little Wood Satyr Butterfly

Pterous glaucus glaucus
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly

Pterous troilus troilus
Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

Speyeria aphrodite
Aphrodite Butterfly

Vanessa atalanta rubria
Red Admiral Butterfly

Vanessa cardui
American Painted Lady Butterfly

Juvenile form of moths, butterflies and skippers


June 7, 2002 - We're totally rebuilding our Odonata section, which was (alas) riddled with errors.

Epiaeschna heros
Swamp Darner

    About Edge of the Prairie

Edge of the Prairie is an independent production of Becknell and Lucas Media, Ltd., P.O. Box 16, North Judson, Indiana 46366. It is published as a public service to help aid in the appreciation and enjoyment of nature in general and the unique qualities of sand prairies and oak savannas in particular. If you have questions, comments, suggestions or corrections please address them to the site editor, Marty Lucas at marty@bigeastern.com.

Obviously we're only showing a tiny percentage of the myriads of invertebrate animals living in this complex ecosytem, but we hope you find this inspires you to go out and make your own observations and discoveries. One thing we'd like you to notice: all of these creatures were photographed without killing or even capturing them. We may have annoyed them somewhat.

All photographs posted on this web site are by Marty Lucas, are protected by copyright and all rights are expressly reserved. Students may use any photograph for a school report, class report, non-profit scholarly study provided there is no publication. Otherwise, please request permission to use photographs by writing e-mail.

Edge of the Prairie was a pavillion in the 1996 Internet World's Exposition. An enhanced version of the original site is available on the CD-ROM companion to Carl Malamud's book about the fair: "A World's Fair for the Global Village" on MIT Press.



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