We’re holed up in our house while a blizzard surrounds us. The whole Midwest is being impacted as I type. Winds have been averaging about 30 miles per hour most of the day. Gusts of 68 mph. Forecast is for wind chills of -24 and 24 mph winds at 5 AM tomorrow, the time that a decision will be made regarding school tomorrow. I hate to miss school.
I’ve been putting up pictures of things taken that day, for the most part, since I started the blog in March, 2010. Today is my first day of no photos the day of an entry BUT I do have a huge backlog of images from this summer, so for the next several months I’m going to put up images from six months prior to each entry. That’ll serve the dual purposes of helping me organize my images and prepare for next season’s arthropod photography.
Today, I’ll begin with an image of a syrphid fly. The populations were on the rise 6 months ago. John Fulton of the University of Illinois extension put up a blog entry about a week and half into the period of population increase.
BTW, on a dipteran note, Sarah Palin is not a big supporter of fruit fly research. There’s an amusing Sarah Palin-related YouTube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xao_4Y-lOdk . No need for me to comment further on that…