What's that? You don't know about Rock Flipping Day?
Well, no matter. It's the day when we find a rock, carefully turn it over, and photograph the organisms we find living underneath it. Rock-flipping day is a simple biodiversity exercise designed to give us an excuse to peep on our lesser-seen local wildlife. For those inclined to share their discoveries, Flickr has a Rock-Flipping Day photo pool.
Below, I blog what I found this afternoon.
I selected a suitable flat stone from the front garden.
Treasure #1: millipede sp. A.
Treasure #2: millipede sp. B.
Treasure #3: An odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile) colony sprawled under half the stone.
Treasure #4: An ant cricket (Myrmecophilus pergandei) living among the ants.
The cricket hides away.
Treasure #5: A young woodlouse runs for cover.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Alex Wild is Curator of Entomology at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies the evolutionary history of ants. In 2003 he founded a photography business as an aesthetic complement to his scientific work, and his natural history photographs appear in numerous museums, books and media outlets.