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Rabbits, Stink Bugs are Most-Googled Wildlife Images in Illinois




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While we often get the biggest reaction on social media from creepy crawlies such as colorful spiders and huge snakes, data shows you're searching for stinky and cuter forms of wildlife.

Google has released a list of most popular image searches for bugs and wild animals on a state-by-state basis and in Illinois, it's the stink bug and rabbit that reign supreme.

It should come as no surprise that rabbits are at the top of the list. Not only are they common, but we'd like to assume everyone loves a photo of a bunny, especially if there's a whole group of them nursing from their mother on the middle of a trail. 

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The stink bug search results have a much more practical approach. It just goes to show how many people are trying to identify these bugs that invade people's homes in the fall. While the changing colors outside can be beautiful, stink bug season can be the worst season of them all. Especially if you don't know it's a stink bug and it releases that trademark nasty stench.

Illinois residents weren't the only ones sniffing around for those bugs online. Michigan and Wisconsin locals were just a few of the others looking for a positive identification.

Even though stink bugs aren't anything to hang our hats on, it could have been worse, Illinois. Consider yourselves lucky that you're not in Indiana, where bed bugs were No. 1. Or Ohio, which apparently has a roach problem.

On the animal side, copperhead snakes were popular in Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee, while moose led the list in Maine and Alaska.

Most of the results make sense based on wildlife in those states, but there is one real head-scratcher. In Oklahoma, the No. 1 image search was the meerkat, which lives in the deserts and grasslands of Africa.

Google released the list to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System.

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