On a recent walk through the park, we discovered a little trail through the woods that we never noticed before! Once Spring weather starts rolling in, I can typically be found overturning rocks and logs in search of insects, reptiles, and amphibians.
Although I didn't find any of the latter two, I did get super excited to find this Queen Yellow Jacket under a rotten log! Fertilized Queens overwinter under logs and other hidey spots until late spring arrives. After she emerges, she builds a small paper nest and lays her eggs. After taking a few photos, I placed her back under the log and went on my way.
Aside from the Queen, I also came across a teeny tiny Millipede, tons of worms, and lots of fresh prints in the mud :)
Are Raccoon prints the cutest or what?