I was able to take a little time today to travel to a local prairie and met some friends there. Officially it was a prairie walk, but several of us were more into the insects, and we had a good time photographing them.
This guy was very rare and exotic-looking, but it is in reality quite common. It is the helmeted squash bug, Euthochtha galeator. It seemed to be eating this bird dropping.
There were a number of eastern amberwings, Perithemis tenera.
There were a lot of butterflies, including this worn great spangled fritillary, Speyeria cybele.
This unidentified bee was working Liatris.
This is a small dance fly, probably a Rhamphomyia species.
It was hot an humid, and we were out for less than two hours, but I loved it.
Taking bug pictures is fun, especially when you can do it with other like-minded people.
MJ Hatfield has suggested that this could be Empis clausa. It does look like a match. See here.