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Vermont Butterfly Survey <[log in to unmask]>
"Grkovich, Alex" <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 4 Feb 2004 10:44:32 -0500
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It might be notable to remind everyone that hibernating Nymphalis and
Polygonia (plus a few Vanessa) can be found in among woodpiles, inside
rotten tree stumps, inside tin cans etc. and also inside your garages in
safe protected corners etc. I've found hibernating Mourning Cloaks and
eastern Commas inside both rotten tree stumps and in between chopped and
split sections of our firewood...Occasionally, on a warm winter's afternoon
(particularly in late February and into March), a Mourning Cloak, Compton
Tortoiseshell, or an Anglewing might be observed flying over the snow...I've
witnessed this phenomenon as well...Keep your eyes open...


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Davie Rolnick [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2004 9:01 AM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      Insects in the snow
> The assassin bug nymph that I found under the ice on January 6 is still
> alive and is much bigger than when I found it, though not yet winged and
> adult.   After the grubs I had collected ran out, I gave it a large and
> exceedingly active ant, which was not caught until the activity had
> quieted down a bit, despite at least 15 minutes of tappings, etc. I
> implemented in order to get the two insects together.   Even when the ant
> was caught, it was through a second, though much less prolonged, bout of
> interventions.    However, a fly much fatter than the assassin bug and at
> least as long was caught without my aid.   Nevertheless, I did provide
> such aid until it looked useless.   I reduced the space that the fly and
> assassin bug had to move around in so that they would meet more often. I
> tilted the bag towards the attractive light so the fly would go into a
> corner.   The result of the aid: the assassin bug would move cautiously
> towards the fly, then the fly would move slightly and the assassin bug
> would back away.   Sometimes, even, the fly would crawl right over the
> assassin bug!
> I found another insect yesterday.   It is a bit less than half a
> centimeter from its head to its cerci; its legs are each about half a
> centimeter long as well, with the back legs bigger than the others; it has
> no wings; it's dark-colored; it's thin; it has a gnat-like head with short
> antennae; it is very fast; its abdomen turns up at the end; and it can
> walk easily on snow while more snow is falling and while the temperature
> is 30 degrees F (the conditions in which I found it)!   I think it is an
> immature cricket of some kind.
> Davie Rolnick, Rupert
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