In The Woods
Today we went for our first long walk (more than 5 km | 3 miles, which at least for me is very long at the moment). The first part led along big corn fields, the second half led through a wood. I love walking in the woods…
It’s a bit difficult to see but that’s an ant who has caught herself what looks like a young grasshopper, or whatever it is. Please fill me in. The ant had grabbed one leg while the grasshopper tried to leap …bu the ant wouldn’t let go, but also didn’t seem able to get hold of more than that small part of the leg. We watched for a while but there was no sign of who would win that fight. Thought the ant was brave to take on someone so much bigger than her and I felt a bit sorry for the grasshopper. Or is it a cricket? I’m not sure. Too bad we’ll never find out who made it.
And while we’re at it, there were also lots of these guys (below). Normally I’m grossed out by almost all kind of insects… at least if they show up at my house or where they are not supposed to be. But here, on a path in the woods, where they belong and where I can easily watch them… and run away if necessary …. ha!… I’m more fascinated than scared.
That critter here appears larger than it actually is. It’s a dung beetle (anoplotrupes stercorosus) and is present throughout Europe. He’s 10-20 mm (0.47–0.79 in) long and feeds on feces, rotting fungi and tree lymph of the host-plants (according to Wikipedia)
Their shiny black-blueish color is amazing.
While kneeling down to get the phone as close as possible, I was wondering for a second, if they could fly. Yes they can, but they fly close to the ground and are rather clumsy flyers. I was glad though that they didn’t while I got so close. I wouldn’t have been that brave. And I certainly wouldn’t have taken such pictures if it was a spider
In the end I walked 8.025 steps and burned 360 kcal in the process.