Last year I discovered the magic of vernal pool invertebrates. It started with finding 3 species of fairy shrimp, then a species of tadpole shrimp in temporary pools in Kansas. I thot Id share some pics. Here is one of the fairy shrimp. All of these animals are less than 2" long, so the photos are closeups. This is a Greater Plains Fairy Shrimp Here is a larger species called a Beavertail Fairy Shrimp. This was the first one I discovered, and I didnt get a chance to take very many good photos of it. Here is an animation I did of a Spinytail Fairy Shrimp Now on to the tadpole shrimp. You may recognize these as the Triops which are sold as eggs in Walmart and other stores, but these were all collected in the wild.