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Mid-February and central Illinois should be buried in snow. Instead, we’ve averaged 4-6 degrees above normal all winter. The crocuses are blooming, the daffodils are pushing up through the mud, and our resident Tapinoma are already raising up their first brood.

Bizarre.

Here are some photos from just now.

A honey bee probes an early crocus for nectar.

First instar Tapinoma larvae are incubated under a sun-warmed rock. The first brood of spring!

A fly perches on a crocus petal.