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.

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Author: Eric Kessler

I am a high school teacher in the Blue Valley School District who has taught a Bioscience Research course at the district's Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) since 2010. Previous to this teaching gig I was at Blue Valley North High School where I taught freshman Biology and Honors Biology, Field Biology, Zoology, and AP Biology for the past 18 years.

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  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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