International Rock Flipping Day at Starkweather Creek

Today is the 6th annual International Rock Flipping Day!
International Rock-Flipping Day, White Out

I had to spend a chunk of today at work, so I was a bit of a creature under a rock myself. But I managed to heave the rock off and avoid the allure of nap-time; before heading home I took a walk by Starkweather Creek, to see if any rocks looked like they might conceal some interesting tenants…
International Rock Flipping Day 2012 - Starkweather Creek, Madison, WI
As indeed they did. There was this beetle and millipede – armoured giants (relatively speaking) who showed no signs of alarm when I temporarily removed the roof over their heads:
International Rock Flipping Day 2012 - Starkweather Creek, Madison, WI
A tiny red centipede that made for deeper cover:
International Rock Flipping Day 2012 - Starkweather Creek, Madison, WI
Quite a few small, delicate little abandoned shells, that were hard to capture; this helical one was the most successful:
International Rock Flipping Day 2012, Starkweather Creek, Madison, WI
And of course a great many “common” earthworms and sow-bugs:
International Rock Flipping Day 2012 - Starkweather Creek, Madison, WI
Under a log there were some sow-bugs that had lime-green spots down their backs. It was a log and not a rock, and the picture didn’t come out that well, but I like them too much not to post:
International Rock Flipping Day 2012, Starkweather Creek, Madison WI

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5 responses to “International Rock Flipping Day at Starkweather Creek

  1. Millipedes and centipedes are such interesting creatures. – Margy

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  3. I really like that shell! And the sow beetles are kinda cute, in a buggy way!

    • I was surprised by how many shells I found, actually – there were quite a few little clam-style shells as well. This is the one that came out best (though still a little blurry).

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