This is the 16,000th post I’ve put up since this website started in 2009. Next landmark: getting 50,000 subscribers!
I am posting part 2 of reader Loren Russell’s photos of insects he found on the snow in a hike in Oregon. Part 1 was posted yesterday with this introduction:
A new camera and an email from a friend in Montana prodded me to combine two of my old pleasures — insect hunting and cross country skiing. The pictures attached are from three recent forays to the snow-covered meadows and noble fir forest”
He’s added this (The information given for each photo was what was supplied; I’ve asked for more data.)
I had to bite my tongue to avoid going full monolog on my text. Marys Peak is a wonderful place for odd arthropods — It has a mandibulate moth, semi-terrestrial dragonfly larva, a fully terrestrial caddis-fly larva, and much more. Back to the snow, there is a very elusive grylloblattid [ice-crawler] — in fifty years no one has obtained an adult male to complete its ID. I got a tip for the ice-crickets from a another skier, who has seen them foraging on the snow at night.Years ago, I found ice-worms [Mesoenchytraeus sp.] — like the insects, heavily pigmented and coming to the surface as the snow becomes granular.
Hydrobius (a beetle):
Leiodid (a beetle):
Nicole Reggia sent a photo of the Moon taken on Sunday night, and included a helpful guide to the visible craters. Her notes are indented:
Moon: First Quarter. Illumination : 50%.
Selenography is the study of the surface of the moon. Craters were first named by Jesuit astronomers (Grimaldi & Riccioli) in 1651. The same guide is used today. I’ve included a map to go with my pictures.