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Tachopteryx thoreyi (Gray Petaltail
Total length = 75mm
The gray petaltail is the only gray and black species in our area. They grow up to three inches long. They have widely spaced eyes and a slender abdomen.
This species prefers damp, forested hillsides. They eat large insects such as butterflies and beetles. They are rather rare.
Collection of the Illinois State Museum
Photographed by Dr. Everett Cashatt
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