Tons of them tooling around in the leaf litter at First Water on the Mt Wilson trail. They didn't seem too interested in crawling up on me (of which I approved). _________________ Slowest_Hiker is in better shape now and actually passes other hikers on the trails.
Comparing it to the mottled granite rock its on (for size; how big was it?) I'd guess its an aphid of some type, though its missing a few classic aphid features on its back ( so my second guess would be some type of beetle). They're also easy to identify if you have a picture of the mouthparts; they'll look something like the 'proboscis' a mosquito uses to suck sap/blood out of plants/animals.
Yep, there are aphids out there in the wilderness, not just on the flowers, shrubs, and trees in your backyard. _________________ Why be normal? . . . where's the fun in that?
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