Creepy Crawler Challenge

Elizabeth guided our forest campers in a Creepy Crawler Challenge on Friday, and they loved every minute of it. First they had to find some creepy crawlers...

Next they worked on identifying their finds with the help of a jewelers loupe and field guides.

Here are Elizabeth's notes on a few of their finds:

This guy was an amazing camoflage artist on his birch branch. We also enjoyed the sweet wintergreen scent of birch twigs.
 

Positive ID on this Stag Beetle. Thanks, Leo!

Teddy noted the close similarity of this specimen to a "stealthy ground spider" but picked up on some subtle color variations that make this species different.

The kids did their best to ID this guy in our field guide (he wasn't there). During thier observations, he caught a mosquito.