Bats come to mind at the mention of a cave but there is a myriad of creatures crawling and flying within, most missed by the human eye. Here is a sampling of insects found in Great Basin National Park who inspired me for this illustration.
A cave moth takes up the lower left corner.
A yellow centipede walks to a millipede in the upper left corner.
The pseudo scorpion with orange red pinchers faces a model cave harvestman.
Two springtails are the smallest of the animals on the page, (when seen in person they appear as tiny white pieces of dandruff moving on a rock. I thought how easy it is to brush them off as pieces of lint or dust blown about, yet these little lives can feed off a rodent’s carcass and leave nothing left in a matter of a few months. They are powerful forces in their own way).
A cricket with long antennas is followed by a dipluran on the upper right side.
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