Tag Archives: Invertebrate

An introduced planarian in Ohio

In late May 2018, I came across this planarian among the leaves on the forest floor in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Planarians are part of the group of animals known as Platyhelmintes. Although planarians look a bit like earthworms, they are … Continue reading

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Fuzzy white Beech Blight Aphids doing their waggling dance

Beech Blight Aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator) will gather in large groups to feed on the sap of beech trees. They have a distinctive “dance” to deter predators. When disturbed, they wave their abdomens and waxy white filaments. These photos and videos … Continue reading

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Midges swarm out of Lake Erie to take over Cleveland in June 2018

Photographs of the tiny midges that swarmed out of Lake Erie in June 2018. Continue reading

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Zombie Cicadas and the end of Brood V

A look back on the 2016 Brood V Cicada emergence in northeast Ohio. Includes photos and video of “zombie cicadas”! Continue reading

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Rain Posture in Yellow Garden Spider

Photos and video show how a yellow garden spider changes its behavior in a heavy rain. The spider hangs from its web using its back legs, so it is perpendicular to the ground. This might make the body less of a “target” for raindrops. Continue reading

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