Some pictures of poles

Within my fence at PV, I have several poles designating sites where my decomposition bundles were attached.  Here’s a last set of photos before I took the poles out (with the help of another IRES student, Michelle).

Notice the depth in the last photo – the wooden fence post stands about 6’ 5’’ from the wetland bottom. I’m not exactly bending down to take a photograph with the vegetation in the foreground….

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Feather feet

These tiny hempiterans are common in the wetland at Palo Verde.  There hind tarsi have expanded, feather-life, paddles that they use to provide enough surface area to jump from predators, such as myself, while on the water’s surface. I don’t know what family they are, but I’ll collect some and see if I can force the Entomology class to key them… adults are hard to find though.

In other hemipteran news, after returning from about five hours in the wetland, I wiped away something on the back of my neck, and it was a kissing bug!  It was filled with blood and unable to fly – it attempted to spread it’s wings and flutter away from the ground, but the thick, blood-filled abdomen appeared to be too heavy for lift off.  I squashed it angrily; I hope there was no chagas.

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