Today we have bugs and birds and groundhogs. First the bugs, from reader Jacques Hausser: some pill millipedes, arthropods in the class Diplopoda of the subphylum Myriopoda. These are not the same as pillbugs, which, though looking very similar, are isopods in the subphylum Crustacea.
Here some Diplopoda of the family Glomeridae (pill millipedes), Glomeris klugii (I’m not 100 % sure of the species!) rolled on itself and unrolled, and Glomeris marginata. I hope the quality is OK for you (old pictures from 2011). They were shot in a small wet, wooded gorge going down the Jura mountains, Switzerland, at about 700 m a.s.l.As far as I know, they eat decaying plants, but the active individuals I saw were either on living moss or on rock covered with green algae. I found some informations about Glomeris marginata here.Glomeris klugii, rolled up.
another one, unrolled:
and Glomeris marginata
And from reader “theshortearedowl” in West Virginia, some groundhogs that cry out for anthropomorphizing:
Here are some pictures of the groundhogs (Marmota monax) that live under my deck. I currently have at least three of these lodgers, which I believe are a family unit. The last picture is of the young ‘un, who only showed up this year. They often stand on their hind legs, front paws up on some element of the deck architecture. They remind me of farmers leaning on a fence, looking out at the fields. I hope you enjoy them; they greatly entertain me.(Camera is a Nikon D70 (70-300 mm lens).