I discovered your blog last night. thank you for the neat pics. How did you sneak up on the fox?
What are snow fleas?
Hey Alex! We made the trip up Saturday, boy was it cold! It was breathtakingly beautiful up on the mountain, though! Are those really fleas??? Ick!
Alex posted a wiki link for snow fleas. No, they're not really fleas.
I love your blog and the wonderful pics. I have been in love with the Smokies my entire life.
I plan on making a trip up there starting tomorrow morning. I hear bad weather coming into the area. I hope it's not too bad.
Curious minds want to know more about snow fleas...:)
Here is the link Alex posted. If you click the word "snow fleas" it will take you to the page. I am also going to include the link here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_flea
"Snow fleas" are in the arthropod order of Collembolas, also know as Sringtails..thus called for the forked abdominal appendage, furcula, that is used to propel them through the air. If you think a flea can jump, you should see a Collembola in action. Collembolas are essential to the decomposition of organic matter, such as leaves, animal feces, soil fungi/bacteria, downed logs. They are such cute little boogers under a microscope as I studied these hexapods in depth when I worked for UT Entomology Dept and then for Vegetation Management in the Smokies. Also, they don't bite humans in case any of you are worried. You can look for them on the underside of leaves also some occur in great numbers along the shoreline of streams or lakes.
David,We here in west TN are under a Winter Storm Warning/Watch/Advisory for tonight through Wed morning. NOAA is predicting any where from 3-6 inches of snow for this region so who knows what the high elevations of east TN may or may NOT get. The last winter weather system, last Thursday evening/night, hit us pretty bad but neither of my sisters in east TN got much but a dusting.
Hey Dana,, thanks for the entomo lesson...I didn't know the little buggers jumped around in the snow
Sorry if I got a bit carried away, but bugs and plants are my thing. Around the experiment station I am know as "The Bug Lady". Even spiders don't freak me out..can't say the same for camel/cave crickets tho.
Thanks Alex for the cool pictures and thanks Dana for the info!! I believe most of us on here enjoy anything "smokies"!!
Hey Alex, a group of us hiked up Sat. and stayed in the shelter overnite. (IT WAS COLD !!!!) Sorry we missed you, I would have liked to have met you. Thanks for all the great info on this site. It was very helpful as I prepared for my first winter hike to Leconte. Your pics are awesome, but the Mtn. is even more amazing in person. The sunset alone made the trip worth while. Already looking forward to my next trip up. Thanks again.
The photo of the fox is awesome; what a beautiful little face it has.
Dana Thanks for all the info on snow fleas. What interesting jobs you have had. This blog is great! Not only are the pictures awesome but you learn so much too. :)
Hey, nice pics. Thank you so much for sharing the wiki link for Snow Fleas. But, the truth is that the Snow Fleas are not fleas at all! They are actually another type of insects called the springtail!
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