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.

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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.

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About the roused bear

Nature photographer from central Iowa.
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