On the ground, the first flowers of springs are popping through the damp ground. Skunk Cabbage flowers have emerged, attracting flies from the warm air.
Moss is now turning away from its brownish winter colors. The vibrant hues alert any passerby to its presence.
Looking closely at almost any damp, rotten log in the woods reveals a multitude of insects. Springtails, tiny bluish bugs, cover any surface they can find, feeding off of fungus.
Nearby, in the snow, small black dots, each a springtail, can be seen hopping. These springtails belong to the genus Hypogastrura. Under magnification, they resemble space aliens.
Springtails, like these Hypogastrura, are a common sight on warm winter days.
Hypogastrura nivicolaMore insects rest on the snow, stopping only briefly before flying away.