As it is oddly warm this time of year, I see a surprising amount of life. Of course, I find isopods and slugs beneath rocks, but plants have also started to sprout due to the warm weather. I’ll attempt the challenge.
It wouldn’t be fair if I said I’ll take up your challenge. Because I have just completed my own personal challenge: “my daily beast” for the whole year. But the weather is even for the south of Spain exceptionally warm and anybody can find something at 20°C. I did find something nicer than expected, though. :-)
A nymph of Empusa pennata
Sometime in early December I decided to see if I could get to 1000 leaf taxa by the end of the year. (In retrospect, I probably should have made this decision a bit earlier, when some of the taxa I have been underrecording were more available.)
It’s dark here by now and the annual noise-making ritual is already in full swing, but I added five to my list today, thanks mostly to the tiny arthropods living on a mossy wall and in a pile of leaf mould. This still leaves me a couple of dozen species short of my goal. Either I’m going to have to really dig through my photo archives to find stuff I’ve overlooked or hesitated to upload because I’m ashamed of the barely IDable photos, or I’m going to have to miraculously become an expert at IDing flies, ichneumonids, mosses, and lichens. I doubt I am likely to manage either in the next four hours, so I guess I get to look forward to that milestone to start off the new year instead.
Whew! This was tough. I had two unexpected wrenches thrown into my anticipated schedule. And I guess I should have mentioned that I’m in southern Ontario – Canada. Hence, the challenge.
But, I also knew that we had gone from a huge snowfall, bitter blizzard last week, to an unbelievable high today of 11C!
So, I knew there was a ‘snowball’s chance in Hell’ of getting something.
But first, to the mall because my wife needs new boots. While I waited… I ran out of the large mall and started snooping about anything that wasn’t made of steel, aluminum, glass or plastic. A few little shrubs, some flowerpots. And a couple of small pine trees in a small section of the parking lot. Where I spotted this:
The tunnel that takes a creek under the side service road of the highway we came in on. Where I just KNEW that there would be some crawlies. And there were! Including a flying insect! Still not sure about all of these but most of these you will recognize and ALL still moving along.
Thank you, wish you he same!
Weather helped me, it’s +3C today, and in a week it’ll be -21C, so I rather will stay at home for some time. Hope you will achieve the amount of observations you have in mind, this year I’m planning to get 20k, but it’ll be hard!
When I read this post, it was already 10:00, so I had to hurry! I got my coat on the ran into the backyard, hoping to find something, anything! Of what I discovered, this plant has to be the highlight.