Friday, April 27, 2012

Fairy Shrimp

 Fairy shrimp are small crustaceans that live in the same small temporary wetlands that wood frogs use for breeding. These aquatic critters are fascinating to watch as they swim around upside down with their many leaf-like or feathery legs.

I recently found large numbers of fairy shrimp swimming around developing wood frog eggs. There were hundreds of them! I had never seen this before, so I tried to capture some pictures.
15+ fairy shrimp next to wood frog egg mass
close-up of one of the fairy shrimp
To learn more about Fairy Shrimp (and vernal pools) visit The Vernal Pool Association's website (based in Massachusetts).

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