first insect 2014

Spring has arrived.

I sometimes have to resist the instinct to collect insects. However, during winter in Maine, it’s not much of an issue. So I was please to see this stonefly, so I could celebrate the arrival of spring. ¬†Actually, this was on the outside of our kitchen window, so I didn’t collect it. This is only our second winter in Maine, but locals have told me it’s been long and cold, even by their standards. So I can’t say whether April 3 is late for the emergence of these insects. However, it’s certainly late completed to the more southern states, we’re used to. Of course, this isn’t quite the first the insect of 2014. Rowan has already found a wholly bear roaming about, and we managed to somehow get thrips on an “indoor lawn” that Serena started.