What the heck are these?

Earlier this week, I was in the field looking for smooth earth snakes with a colleague, and I observed this interesting collection of developing invertebrates on the side of a rock that I flipped.

Here they are a bit closer.

I have seen many things but never something like this.  So, this is a real challenge since I don’t even know what the heck these things are.



Author: Eric Kessler

I am a high school biology teacher at Blue Valley North High School where I have taught freshman Biology and Honors Biology, Field Biology, Zoology, and AP Biology for the past 15 years. I am sponsor of the Environmental Club and our molecular modeling S.M.A.R.T. Team program. I am also the current treasurer of the Kansas Herpetological Society. Although I like most things biological, I have specific interests in the natural history of KS endemics (the outdoors) and things molecular. I am a pretty avid reader, I enjoy maintaining my website, and taking photographs. I plan on having students blogging and creating podcasts by the end of the year.

5 thoughts on “What the heck are these?”

  1. I didn’t. The colleague I met was Greg Sievert from ESU. He wanted more photographs of them. After my students and I left, he spent another 3 hours herping around and discovered a gravid female SES under a rotting log.

  2. At first glance, I thought maybe they were house centipede larvae (Scutigera coleoptrata). I couldn’t find an image to match though… Regardless, I guess this is my first stab at your query. Did you find any smooth earth snakes?

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