Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Creepy little moving white things


I'm a little late for Mosaic Monday since it's Tuesday. But here is my collage. Another walk out my back door and into the woods where I made these pictures.

Don't you love that twisted shape on a limb and those three red leaves? I think they are part of the Virginia Creeper, just missing two parts. How about that fern spotlighted by the sun in the vee of a limb. And who do you suppose lives in that perfectly round hole?




There was one more thing. I looked up and saw something white on a limb just above my head. It looked a little fuzzy so I thought maybe it was a lichen. I grabbed a leaf and pulled the limb down and the whole things started to vibrate. At first I thought it was a type of plant and it had little stems topped by a little white puff.


On closer examination I realized the part on the tree had lots of little white legs and each one was moving and waving the white puff above it. And all the little white puffs had feathery white threads going straight above it.

There seemed to be hundreds of them. Does anyone have any idea what the little things are? I haven't been back to see if they are still there. I wanted to be sure none of them fell on me! It was kind of creepy.

I would love to hear your ideas on this.

8 comments:

Pondside said...

No idea, but I got itchy just looking at these! Did you have an Indiana Jones hat on when you went into the woods?.......I hope so!

eileeninmd said...

Great nature photos from your woods. Sorry, I can not help with the id. Have a great day! :)

Killlashandra said...

Twisted wood makes for some of the best pictures, it's amazing what you might see in the twisted shape itself. Nice collage. :) Sorry can't help with your white seedpods either, nothing like that around here I've ever seen.

Rebecca @ In The Garden said...

You're right, they are creepy! The kind of make me think of baby spiders, but I have no idea what they actually are. I would have run away! :)

Storybook Woods said...

I have no idea, but they would freak me out !!! Clarice

Anonymous said...

I have recently come across the white fluffy "things" on a tree branch as well while hiking in Southwestern Ontario. Did you ever find out what they were??

Anonymous said...

Seen these on a tree in the woods in North Carolina. We don't know what they are either!

Meredith Loveny said...

They are beech blight aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator). Mystery scooby doo'd. :)