I continue to go over RAW files from last summer, looking for interesting shots that I may have missed. There’s a lot of files to go through!
This image was set aside because I didn’t want to post it till I identified the subject. OK - I give up. I have no idea what this little creature is. They were quite abundant along the edge of my favorite seasonal marsh in late June and early July. The insect or spider was about 1/4th of inch tall. This one is on a wild raspberry leaf.
I’m not even sure if those are 8 legs or 6 poking out of that shell. If you can offer a clue as to the ID, please send a feedback!
UPDATE - April 1, 2009: The intrepid naturalists at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, with a little help from an MSU entomologist, identified this as a casebearer beetle – family Chrysomelidae, sub family Cryptocephalinae. Mystery solved!