A couple of weekends ago, I went to the mountains of North Carolina to look for hellbenders. For those of you unfamiliar with these magnificent creatures, they’re HUGE salamanders, as in foot-long salamanders! I learned they lived in NC shortly after I moved here and wanted to see them in the wild, so I finally went to look for them. Saw one too! SO exciting.
Knowing I was going to be hanging around mountain rivers for two days, I brought along one of my little glass aquaria so I could get some aquatic insects-in-water shots. I was having troubles with silty water and streaks on the outside of the container while attempting to photograph a juvenile green frog and was getting frustrated. I had finally lined up what I expected to be a decent shot, when this happened:
A stonefly totally photobombed the frog! Gah! The frog jerked and stirred everything up again, so I never did get a good photo of my frog. Thanks a lot, stonefly…
9 thoughts on “Photobomber (Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday)”
something definitely prehistoric about the photo – in a Jason and the Arguments type of fashion.
Sort of Godzilla-vs-Mothra :-)
Mothra ? Sorry that one had slipped from my memory; thanks for bringing it back (I think).
On the other hand, that’s a pretty great pic of the stone fly! Frog looks mad, though.
Ha ha! I was thinking the same thing! The mouthparts are at least highly visible, and that’s rarely the case.
The stonefly looks a bit like frog-dinner to me.
If the frog were bigger it probably would have been, but the stonefly was more than half its length. Plus, they’d both just been picked up and moved, so I doubt either was following standard operation procedure behaviorally. A stonefly that large, though, would be a pretty awesome meal.