Archive for the 'Decomposer' Category

10
Sep
08

Burying Beetle Eating a Mouse – September 10, 2008

As I’m walking home I spot the carcass of a mouse. It is moving slightly. I take a closer look and I spy two beetles(hairy burying beetles I presume) digging underneath the mouse. I realize that this is the same insect that I had observed on July 17, 2008. Golden Nature Guide (p112)states that there have been reports that some of the larger of these beetles …”dig under the carcass o f a small animal till it falls into the hole and is actually buried to serve as food for the larvae…” Very interesting.

Carrion Beetle - September 10 2008

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17
Mar
08

Fungus on a downed tree branch – March 16, 2008

02
Nov
07

Tulip Popular leaf decomposing- October 28, 2007

IMG_1922, originally uploaded by Camp Naturalist.

I wonder why tulip popular leafs decompose at a faster rate than other leafs like oaks?

09
May
07

Snail on Stick – May 9 2007

Snail on Stick #1, originally uploaded by Camp Naturalist.

As I’m walking down the trail this small snail catches my eye. It seems like such a burden to carry around such a large shell. It looks like it’s going to topple over.

06
May
07

Decomposer Trio – Millipede Snail and Worm on Turtle Hill – May 6 2007

Decomposer Trio – Millipede Snail and Worm on Turtle Hill, originally uploaded by Camp Naturalist.

This trio of decomposers is under a sheet of shed elm tree bark locatedĀ on turtle hill. This is one of the largest millepedes that I’ve ever seen.

06
May
07

Yellow Morel

Yellow Morel, originally uploaded by Camp Naturalist.

Great tasting forest treat!

02
May
07

Decaying Tree Trunk near fen

Decaying Tree Trunk near fen

Originally uploaded by Camp Naturalist.

I wonder what causes the different colors in this decaying tree? Is it different kinds of fungus?