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:
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?:
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!