Gordon Dietzman -- Worked with endangered species, am a wilderness canoeist, conservation educator, and nature photographer. Noah Ranger.Sign in to follow
I'm not sure what this is but will guess it is a bombardier beetle in the subfamily Brachininae. These are really cool beetles with some very good defenses. Take a look at http://bugguide.net/node/view/16826/bgpa... for more information.
Could this be skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)? Skunk cabbage has large, fleshy, bright green leaves, grows in moist soils often in forests. Take a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symplocarpu.... I'll be curious as to what you decide.
Thanks Patty and Austin. I visited Sax-Zim Bog (Minnesota) for an afternoon and the next morning and found three rare species of owls: snowy, great gray, and northern hawk owls. I managed to photograph all three with varying success, but these two shots were my favorites of the trip. Sax-Zim Bog is an up and coming winter birding location (although summer is also very good). There is some talk of it becoming a National Wildlife Refuge because of its rare and unusual species. Very cool place (especially in winter...grin).
I think you have photographed springtails. These are tiny insects, come in a number of different colors, are usually shaped like these, have short stubby antenna, etc. Take a look at this Bugguide.net page and see what you think: http://bugguide.net/node/view/97813. I see them up here in Minnesota at this time of year as the snow is melting back. They are often found on the snow around holes melted around trees and can occur in the thousands.
Robber Flies are always tough as there are so many species. However I wonder if it could be Efferia tricella. See http://bugguide.net/node/view/235545 and read the discussion on http://bugguide.net/node/view/59806/bgpa.... Hope this helps. This particular records comes from Arizona as well so it may be pertinent.
Interesting spotting. I suspect you have, not a shrimp, but a snow scorpionfly (Boreus brumalis). They are usually found on the surface of the snow on warm winter days, especially towards spring. Take a look at this page and see if you'd agree with me: http://bugguide.net/node/view/377528. If so, I think you may have the first spotting of this insect on Project Noah!
Cool spotting! This is one of the so-called velvet ants, which are not ants at all but wasps. I suspect this particular species is in the genus Dasymutilla. To narrow down the ID, start by checking out this page: http://bugguide.net/node/view/13118/bgpa... . I'll be curious as to what you decide this insect is. This is one insect that is best left alone as they can have a very severe sting. Again, very cool spotting.