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Miscellaneous organisms
millipede looks like a centipede
wasp nest
wasp nest
wasp nest
wasp nest
termite nest
dragonfly
dragonfly larva molt
yellow_slug
yellow_slug
yellow_slug
yellow slug, Santa Barbara, California, 2008.  I have no idea what species of slug this is but it sure is beautiful.  It was one of coolest animals that I saw on this trip to California a California
catepillar
black and white catepillar
catepillar with grassy back

caterpillar
catepillar
catepillar with grassy back
catepillar
ants herding aphids
ants herding aphids
Ants herding aphids. These ants are protecting aphids feeding on young aspen trees (Populus tremuloides). The ants attacked ouer fingers if we touched the aspen or even approached the aphids with our fingers or little sticks. The ants collect the the sugary secretions from the aphids as they feed. Some ants herd the aphids out onto the plants to feed then catch them and return them to their ant holes for the night to protect them and release them the next morning. I suspect these ants participate in this behavior, too.