On September 9, 2016 the WooFDriver and his crew took to the Stony Valley Railroad Grade Trail for a WereWooFS adventure and found these Land Snails(terrestrial gastropod mollusks) crawling on headstones! Maybe they made their way here as most Land Snails only live one year! Some others however are known to live a little longer at 2-3 years.
Enjoy these photos of snails the WooFDriver captured!
On June 26, 2016 while out on a WereWooFs Midnight Mush, WooFDriver captured some Wolf Spiders(Hogna lenta)! The Wolf Spider’s bite is toxic but is not fatal, however very painful as their fangs puncture and tears skin. The swelling, redness and pain can lasts up to 10 days!!
http://wolfspider.org/wolf-spider-bite/ to learn more
Enjoy these pictures the WooFDriver has captured!
On June 6, 2016 while Free Range running the WooFPAK, the WooFDriver noticed this little Yellow Sac Spider(Chiracanthium inclusum). These spiders have no problems biting a human that disturbs or threatens it! Although not deadly, their bite is toxic and can cause skin irritation, burning, swelling and pain! This little critter is best to be avoided!
Insect Identification Website to learn more about this spider
On November 5, 2015 the WooFDriver took the WooFPAK out on a Mushing Tour and found this Hornet’s Nest on the side of the trail! Hornets (Vespa) are mostly found in the Northern Hemisphere. The common European Hornet was accidentally introduced to North America around the mid 19th century. The live in the same latitudes as in Europe but never found in western North America.
Enjoy this album of several sightings of Hornet’s Nest seen on the WooFDriver’s adventures!
WooFDriver and his crew took the WooFPAK on a Midnight Mushing tour of the C&O Canal Tow Path when they came across this cave. Once inside they noticed they were not alone, they were surrounded by Cave Crickets(Rhaphidophoridae)!
Cave Crickets are found in forest environments, animal burrows, cellars, under stones, in wood and of course in caves. They only look vaguely similar to the well known Field Cricket and are from a different superfamily (Grylloidea).
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about Crickets
Please enjoy this photo album of Crickets the WooFDriver has captured on his adventures!
While Free Range running the WooFPAK, WooFDriver noticed these Water Beetles swimming in the stream! I found it interesting to learn that most water beetles can only live in fresh water, but there are a few marine species that live in inter-tidal waterways. There are approximately 2000 species of true water beetles throughout the world! I think the Dragonflies in the video were very interested in them as well!
The common name and the species name refer to the number of small white spots on the beetle’s metallic-green body, usually numbering six. But that is not always true, as some individuals have more spots, fewer spots, or none at all.
Wikipedia’s Webpage to learn more about this beetle
After WooFDriver was done mushing the PAK on the rail trails, he came back to find this visitor of his truck’s windshield, a Katydid(Microcentrum Rhombifolium)! Their bodies resemble green leaves, making them well camouflaged while sitting on trees! They eat leaves from the top of trees and bushes where there may be fewer predators.
Insect Identification Website to learn more about the Katydid