What In The Woods is That?

Our biweekly guessing game!

Whatever draws us into the forest—be it birdwatching or logging, hiking or hunting—all of us are unified by the sense of wonder we feel in the outdoors. The forests, fields, and streams of our region are full of mystery, and if you stop and look closely, you’ll see all sorts of oddities.

Below find a picture of one such woodlands curio. Guess what it is and you’ll be eligible to win a Season's Main Events Day Calendar. A prize winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries. The correct answer, and the winner’s name, will appear when the next column is posted.

This Week’s Entry: Miniscule Mystery

Christina Erickson came upon masses of these tiny black creatures in the woods in Charlotte, Vermont, just after Thanksgiving. What are they?

Miniscule Mystery Image

Answer

Snowfleas (a species of springtail, Hypogastrura nivicola). Here’s a little more about snowfleas by our friend Mary Holland.

This week’s contest winner was Angela Cannon-Crothers

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