|A mating pair of Snow-born Boreus (Boreus nivoriundus)|
atop the snow, seen near NBNC on February 12, 2013
Snow Scorpionflies are typically only seen in winter, often walking on top of the snow. Since getting wing muscles warm enough to fly is difficult in cold temperatures, Snow Scorpionflies have little use for them and as such their wings have evolved into tiny stubs. Instead, they walk (or sometimes hop) across the snow. You may find them eating moss at the base of trees, or if you’re lucky, you can even catch them mating atop the snow (see above)!
|Most likely the Mid-winter Boreus (Boreus brumalis)|
found and photographed in E. Calais by Erika Mitchell