Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A New Swarm....

It was so magical, so ephemeral and thanks to a bit of luck, I noticed this fleeting wonder a few days ago.  On the WillOaks Campground pond, what looked like bits of fluff floating on the water was actually a huge swarm of tiny white moth-like insects, hovering perhaps a foot above the surface.

 The numbers of flying bits were huge, and the activity was frenetic:  too fast, in fact, to fully focus on any one individual.

 Were they tiny moths?  Perhaps some sort of May fly? Some other exotic and very briefly lived flying insect?

 I do not have an answer yet, but I share the various images and perhaps somehow, we can find an ID for this delicate new swarm. The next day, they were gone-all vanished!  Did I dream it? 

I regret that I have less time for my natural science studies this summer.  But I'm hoping that staying focused, for the rest of June, will find the majority of my studio relocated to my new place and at least organized enough to catch up on my work.  Moving is hard work--and I have too much stuff which is a down side of being an artist that tends to collect-even hoard-materials.  When everything is moved and organized, though, it will be a wonderful time to celebrate!  Stay tuned!

Packing the kitchen in progress--and most of it was moved Monday, hooray! One down, how many to go?

10 comments:

Carey Lynn said...

the natural world is so freaky!

WillOaks Studio said...

It really is!! A constantly changing wonder!

Nancy said...

Curious! Meanwhile, good luck getting it all done!

Ann said...

could your little white insects possibly be wooly aphids? I've seen them before and they almost appear to be little bits of fuzzy floating around

WillOaks Studio said...

Thanks, Nancy--good luck would be very appreciated right now

WillOaks Studio said...

I don't know that one Ann-do they swarm like this? Here, regular aphids are quite a pest!

Love, Yesterdays said...

So cool! Love the wonders that inhabit ponds :)

Anna said...

Lovely photos, Karen.
Anna

WillOaks Studio said...

Thank you, Anna

WillOaks Studio said...

So true! It's a whole world within itself!

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