Spring is Here and the Bugs are Out

After a month of below normal temperatures, and temperatures that stayed below freezing all day we finally have some relief.  It is still cool today–the predicted high is 45 but I think it will get warmer.  The snow is melting.

Our lawn is about 50% covered with snow.  The ground is still frozen.  I noticed a fairly large number of cluster flies landing on the grass that is free of the white stuff.


Cluster flies lay their eggs on the ground and the larvae are parasites on earthworms.  To get this photo, I did soak the knees of my pants–the ground is still frozen, and even where it looks dry there are pools of water.  But I love it!  Photography is about getting a good image, but it is also about having fun while you get that image.

The elbows of my sweatshirt got wet, too.

About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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