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Old 01-22-2011, 11:18 AM   #1
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Many animals, or signs of animal life, remain hidden or go unnoticed until the ground is covered with snow. Among the most surprising to appear against its whiteness is a miscellaneous hodgepodge of insects. For a few of these, especially Snow Fleas, our northern winters are their regular season of activity.
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And when the snow melts
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the snow flees float upon the surface of a stream and beyond.
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Other good examples are winter stoneflies (two families in the order Plecoptera) in which the adults emerge in very late autumn through winter, and may be seen moving about in subfreezing weather. I first encountered these as a grad student in Indiana during the mid 1960s. See Illinois Natural History Survey: Winter Stoneflies
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