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  • Chasing bumble bees on a patch of prairie

    Tommy McElrath stands in tall prairie and swings his net after a bumble bee.

    Illinois Natural History Survey insect collection manager Tommy McElrath captures a bumble bee in a prairie near Trelease Woods, a conservation and research property owned by the university.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes:
    The INHS is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the U. of I.

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    To learn more about the bumble bees of Illinois and to contribute to bee science, visit the Bee Spotter website.