Snow Midges

A truly wonderful winter day. While most everyone else was out cross-country skiing, I went for winter walk. After a week of below average temperatures, a day with little wind and temperatures in the low twenties felt almost summery in the afternoon sun. Apparently the Snow Midges thought so as well! I've known that there are insects that emerge in winter—wingless gall wasps, winter stoneflies, winter crane flies and midges—but I'd never encountered them before today.

I saw a total of four midges. One of them flew a few inches when disturbed. Otherwise they just crawled along on top of the snow. The small creek, from where they emerged, flowed and chimed through a short stretch of riffles directly below. It really is mind bending to see insects out in January. Of course winter trout fishermen know all about these winter hatches, with a number of midge flies that imitate both pupae and adults.

Publicado por scottking scottking, 15 de janeiro de 2017, 05:04 AM

Observações

Fotos / Sons

Observador

scottking

Data

Janeiro 14, 2017 02:41 PM CST

Descrição

Snow Midge, female
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

Observador

scottking

Data

Janeiro 14, 2017 02:40 PM CST

Descrição

Snow Midge, male
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

What

Bardana-Maior (Arctium lappa)

Observador

scottking

Data

Janeiro 14, 2017 02:15 PM CST

Descrição

Greater Burdock
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

Observador

scottking

Data

Janeiro 14, 2017 02:15 PM CST

Descrição

Lesser Burdock
Cowling Arboretum
Northfield, Minnesota

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