This project has been supported by grants from Openlands, the Indiana Nature Conservancy, the Indiana Division of Nature Preserves, the Illinois Department Natural Resources, the Chicago Wilderness, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor Civic Center Authority, and the Fermilab National Environmental Research Park.
Many knowledgeable entomologists have contributed to this project. George Balogh, Eric Metzler, Don Wright, Loran Gibson, Jim Vargo and other members of the Ohio Lepidopterists have contributed substantially to the identification of hundreds of moth specimens. J. Donald Lafontaine and Eric Quinter have provided determinations for especially difficult Noctuids. Brian Scholtens has assisted with the identification of pyralids. John Shuey (Indiana Nature Conservancy) has shared his considerable knowledge of Midwestern butterflies. Andy Hamilton (Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes), has helped immensely with homopteran determinations for many, many years. More recently, David Kissinger (Apionidae: Apioninae) and Edward G. Riley (Chrysomelidae: Cryptocephalinae: Pachybrachis), provided determinations for the beetle species we have included. Don Stillwaugh and Rich Gnaedinger provided several hundred hours of critical field and lab work prior to 1998. Doug Taron and Mel Manner provided invaluable data from their rapidly expanding Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network database. Finally, Jim Bess (Otis Enterprises) graciously shared his considerable knowledge (and data) of the prairie and savanna-inhabiting insects of Indiana and Michigan.
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