Spring is in the air! This is excellent news for me as an entomologist because it means life is about to get way more interesting as bugs come out of their hiding places. Here’s a roughened darkling beetle (Upis ceramboides) that came out of it’s hiding spot in a dead birch stump. They survive the winter as freeze-tolerant adults and become reanimated again in spring. When this guy woke up fully, he didn’t like that I was poking at him and barfed up some defensive secretions so I wouldn’t eat him!
Photo and story by Alyssa MacLeod