Sunday, March 8, 2009

Snow fleas are the first signs of spring

snow fleas on the snow
With each passing day the sun gets higher in the sky and the temperature gets warmer.

One of the very first signs of spring are the appearance of snow fleas, tiny insect-like creatures called springtails, a type of hexapod, that are best seen in footprints in the snow on a sunny day when the temperature is near to melting.

The snow has melted a couple of inches now but there is still a thick blanket on the ground.

Sam and I went for a snowshoe hike today and discovered where timber wolves killed a deer about 100 yards from our house.
The only thing left of the deer were small bits of hide and hair. Even the bones had been eaten.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

DAN, I HAVE SEEN SPRINGTAILS BEFORE BUT NEVER IN THE SNOW. I GUESS WE ARE SO MUCH FARTHER SOUTH THAT THINGS ARE DIFFERENT. AND OF COURSE, WE DON'T HAVE TIMBER WOLVES HERE. WE DO HOWEVER HAVE A LOT OF COYOTE'S. THEY SEEM TO KILL OFF A LOT OF OUR WILD TURKEYS AND SOMRTIMES SMALL DEER AND EVEN THE FAMILY PET.
I LIKE THE BLOG. KEEP THEM COMING!!!! DAVE MYERS
P.S. WOULD LIKE TO HEAR MORE ABOUT RED LAKE.

Dan Baughman said...

Hi Dave,
I don't begrude the wolves the deer. We certainly have too many around here. It's almost impossible to grow a tree, let alone a garden without them eating it.
However, I do worry that they will go after Sam. Fortunately he stays close to the house. Still, I keep an eye on him whenever he is outside.
Dan