Alex Palmer's Natural History Notes and Thoughts

Thoughts and reflections on various social and environmental issues, as well as naturalist observations from the great outdoors.

oh wow…

Something startled me quite a bit last night (March 18, 2011) as my supervisor and I were walking around one of our park units doing frog and toad surveys.  It was late at night (around 10pm), with plenty of moonlight and our headlamps to guide us across a valley.  That something was…a mosquito!

What shook my nerves the most was not the buzzing sound it made in my ear, but rather the time of year.  In this part of southern Ohio (our location is pinned on a map at the end of this blog entry), mosquitoes do not normally come around until about mid to late April.  However, it seems the unusually warm weather over the last few days had accelerated their development.  The temperature as we were walking outside that night was a balmy 60 degrees F.  The average low that night is documented as ~34 degrees F (NWS, 2011).

My hope is that this sort of early noxious insect arrival isn’t becoming a trend in this region…

Our location last night.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Weather Service (NWS).   (2011). Climatological report (daily) (CDUS41 KILN 180537).  Wilmington, OH:  Retrieved from


5 responses to “oh wow…

  1. palmera01 March 18, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    For the frogs, by the way, we encountered hundreds upon hundreds of northern spring peepers and one possible mountain chorus frog

  2. Carley May 9, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    That’s an inventive answer to an initeestrng question

  3. August 28, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    LOVED the post!! In my humble opinion, genuine mutual respect is one of the essential ingredients for a long-lasting relationship. Unwavering consistency in that regard will give way to so many other sub-ingredients

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