After photographing the lichen, I noticed a smaller rock nearby, a little bigger than a football. Like a dog to a fire hydrant, I am attracted to rocks I think I can lift. I can't seem to shake the curious question of "what is under that, and every rock"? And of course, there is always the chance of finding something I haven't seen before, so why not take a look.
|The rock. A piece of Peebles dolostone.|
But a few animals stuck around long enough to photograph, or proof of the animals existence was there. A female wood roach, Parcoblatta sp., stood still long enough for a pic. A few leafhoppers showed up after I lifted the rock. These little hoppers from the genus Erythroneura jumped into the soil under the rock, but I think were in the grasses beside the rock and not underneath. All pictured below.
|Parcoblatta sp. of wood roach commonly found under rocks and logs on the preserve.|
|Erythroneura sp. leafhopper showing very attractive pattern. Many leafhoppers are just as showy as the prettiest butterflies.........in my opinion.|
|Another Erythroneura leafhopper, barely a millimeter in size|
|If you look closely you might find snail shells under the rock|
|Most shells will blend in well with the soil or rock, so you need to search carefully. Here a Catinella vermeta blends in.|
|2 snail shells. The one on the right shows the "teeth" of the shell opening giving reason to the common name armed snaggletooth snail.|
|Armed snaggletooth, Gastrocopta armifera shell|
|White-lipped dagger, Pupoides albilabris shell hiding in the mud.|
|Here you can see the size difference in three of the shells. Gastrocopta rogersensis (>2mm), Hawaiia miniscula (2mm) and Pupoides albilabris (4mm). So 4mm is a big snail under this rock.|
Posted by: Mark Zloba