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  1. Monarch Butterfly (Habitat Background)

    Explore the life cycle of Illinois's state butterfly, the Monarch. This butterfly is well known for its large size and bold flight patterns. Learn More
  2. Silkworm

    Delve into the workings of a tiny silk factory. As a caterpillar, it is only in the larvae stage that Silkworms can produce their cocoon-wrapping silk, which pours from glands on either side of its body, hardening as it is exposed to the air. Learn More
  3. Carpenter Ant

    Step into the tiny, complicated society of Illinois's largest ant. The Carpenter Ant creates its home in dead trees, under logs, or in the timber of houses, along with other members of its crew. Learn More
  4. Asian Longhorned Beetle

    Take a closer look at this harmful insect, an immigrant from China that has wreaked havoc on the trees of the United States. Adult Asian Longhorned beetles lay their eggs inside a tree, and the hatched larvae are forced to eat their way out, damaging the host tree in the process. Learn More
  5. Common Butterflies

    Flutter into the enchanting world of the butterfly. Sixteen specimens from the Chicago area exhibit the breath-taking structure and color found in butterflies of this region. Learn More
  6. Viceroy Butterfly

    Don't confuse this butterfly with the Monarch, they may look similar, but they do not smell the same. The Viceroy employs protective mimicry to fool predators into believing it releases the same unpleasant odor as the Monarch. Learn More
  7. Macromia Dragonflies

    Tired of annoying pests like flies and mosquitoes? Enlist the help of a hungry Macromia Dragonfly. Usually found in the vicinity of ponds and streams, this Dragonfly is one of the brightest and most active species in the eastern United States. Learn More
  8. Animal Homes

    Most animals, including humans, need shelter. Many animals create shelter with homes they build; others find sheltered places in their environment. By looking at the homes of the bark beetle, honeybee, mud dauber wasp, paper wasp, weevil, and robin, you can learn more about the importance of homes and the relationship of animals to their environments. Spanish language activity book and object cards are available upon request. Learn More
  9. Winter Forms of Insects

    Did you ever wonder where insects go during frigid Chicago winters? Find out here, as the winter homes of a variety of insects, including cocoons, pods, and plants, are exhibited and explained. Learn More
  10. Animal Habitats: Pond

    Animals live where they can find resources to meet their needs for food, water, shelter, and reproduction. These places are called habitats. Animals that share the same habitat often interact with and depend on other plant and animal species in the habitat. Use the contents of this box to make connections between animals and a pond habitat through dramatic play with pond puppets and contrast real specimens of dragonflies, beaver pelts, bluegills, and turtle shells. Learn More

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