Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Something in My Shirt

Ever find yourself sitting at your desk, chipping away at e mail responses after everyone else has left for the day, only to feel something moving on your back?  It happened to me a few weeks ago.  I sort of swatted at my back with my hand and the movement stopped, so I assumed I’d squashed whatever it was.  A few minutes later, however, there it was again, a little movement of something up my back.  I swatted again, it stopped again, I once again hoped I’d gotten whatever it was.  Nope!  Soon enough, whatever it was was crawling up my spine, which I have to say is a deeply disturbing feeling.  So, I pulled the whole shirt off.  Inside, I found this:

inchworm

Inchworm!

An inch-long inchworm!  I was a little shocked it was so large, but apparently you can get large caterpillars down your shirt when you crawl into bushy trees at work.  After putting the shirt back on, I took the inchworm outside and snapped a few photos with my iPhone before going back to blissfully inchworm-free work.

On a completely unrelated note, I think I will be able to get back to my regular blogging schedule soon!  Woo!

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Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Decomposer

Flipping logs is a lot more exciting in North Carolina than it was in Arizona!  Well, that’s not exactly true.  There was a high likelihood of running into something venomous under logs in Arizona and that made it VERY exciting, but there seems to be a much greater diversity of things under logs in North Carolina.  Case in point:

Millipede

Millipede

There were three millipedes under this one log, each doing its part to break the log down and return it to the soil.  Alongside the millipedes were sowbugs, fungi, ants, and some worms.  Woo, decomposers!  They don’t get nearly enough love considering the invaluable services they perform.

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Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Darner in the Dark

One of my roomies at BugShot (Suzanne “Buglady” Wainwright) is the most amazing bug finder!  We were wandering around in the dark at Archbold one night looking for a weevil she wanted to photograph and she found this:

Darner in the Dark

Darner in the dark

I’ll admit that I would have been very unlikely to come across this insect without the Buglady’s help, so thanks Suzanne!  What a beautiful find.

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Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Not an Ant

When I photographed this animal…

Antlike flower beetle

Antlike flower beetle

… I could have sworn it was an ant.  I knew something looked a little odd about it, but I didn’t stop to think about it and posted it on Flickr with a caption stating that it was an ant.  Thankfully, Matt Bertone set me straight!  It’s not an ant at all.  Instead, it’s an ant mimicking beetle in the family Anthicidae!  That is one crazy good ant mimic.  Nature never ceases to amaze me.  You think you have it all figured out and along comes a beetle like this.  :)

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Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Where Stoneflies Roam

Stoneflies are insects that like to be cold.  They often live in fast flowing, mountain streams and are great indicators of water quality.  Needless to say, they’re a little hard to find in southern Arizona!  In fact, you have to go up in elevation quite a ways to find them during most parts of the year.  This is the closest place where I consistently find them, Mt. Lemmon:

Mt. Lemmon

Mt. Lemmon

Sometimes it’s hard to believe you’re still in a desert up on top of the mountain!  Trees that are more than 15 feet tall, water, bright vivid greens – it’s a whole different world!

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