3rd Annual Rock Flipping Day Results

By , September 20, 2009 9:48 pm

We all had a lovely time flipping rocks this morning for the 3rd Annual International Rock Flipping Day!  Honestly, I could not have imagined that rock flipping could be so interesting, but my children, my husband and I all had the best time wandering around flipping rocks (and putting them carefully back of course).

The children ran through our yard and the woods by our house searching for perfect rocks:

We learned that our rocks here are quite beautiful, very volcanic and full of holes:

This one actually showed a distinct lava flow pattern on it:

Under our rocks we discovered:

Mold:

A small mushroom that grew up in the shade of two tightly stacked rocks:

A baby centipede  -  a teeny tiny yellow thread with lots of legs.  I apologize for the bad picture, but much of what we found was very small and hard to photograph:

Strange white beetles with legs and antennae, barely the size of a grain of rice:

The much expected “Rollie Pollies”  or Pill Bugs, but these guys were whiter than we had ever seen before:

Ants, LOTS of ants and eggs.  Much to our surprise we found that ants don’t just live underground, but actually use the holes in our volcanic rocks as homes and nurseries!

You can even see little dots inside the ant eggs in this photo, Each collection of eggs seemed to have a “nurse ant” to go with it:

A peanut that had been buried (and probably forgotten) by a squirrel – round thing in the middle of the photo:

A small cricket:

Mystery eggs? Not ant eggs and about the size of small beads. Any ideas?

A spider on a pretty rock.  Can you see it?:

What did you find under rocks where you live? Email Susannah of Wanderin’ Weeta with a link to your post, or upload your photos to the Flickr International Rock Flipping Day Group.

I will post our feather Unplugged Project and the Linky tomorrow afternoon or evening.

Hope to see you then!

PS. Thank you Susannah for our Junior Rock Flipping Badge.  The kids will be excited about this tomorrow morning!

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9 Responses to “3rd Annual Rock Flipping Day Results”

  1. Rana says:

    Those were some interesting finds under your rocks. It’s raining here right now, but as soon as it stops we are going to check out what we have under some rocks around here.
    .-= Rana´s last blog ..Lapbooks =-.

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    Mom Unplugged Reply:

    What did you find Rana? I hope you had as much fun as we did! (I bet there was GREAT stuff right after a rain too.)

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  2. Meg says:

    Wee hoo! We forgot…but we are hands-on learners anyway, so I will say that “Every day is rock flipping day!” Great pictures, thanks for the constant inspiration.

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    Mom Unplugged Reply:

    Your welcome, and thanks for being inspired! Let me know what you find under your rocks. It was really fun!

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