February Flowers

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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.

7 thoughts on “February Flowers”

  1. On the one hand I am greatly looking forward to similar opportunities here in Alberta, but on the other hand, it’s just way too warm for this time of year. It is going to be interesting to seen how this balmy winter is going to affect bug populations.

  2. Currently, John Acorn’s Winter Bug Count in Alberta is 101 species – but this includes our household inquilines.

    I haven’t seen anything really unusual, a fair number of arthropods are winter-active here when the weather is warm enough, but this year’s combination of extended above freezing days and periodic deep freezes may be having an effect. Collembola numbers under this year’s patchy snows seem way down over those under last year’s deep snowpack. If the Arctic air masses keep sliding down over Eurasia, it could be a good year for bugs in North America, but if we get a nasty March, maybe not so much.

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