Contrast this old soggy log with the site where other species of hibernating ichneumon wasps (I wrote about last winter) were spending the long, cold winter under moss on rocks of ridge top. Ichneumon wasps have a variety of settings for their hibernacula.
The cool, late October weather was taking a toll on this wasp. It groggily crawled along, allowing me to snap a few pictures.
I wonder if there are other ichneumon wasps hunkering down for the winter under the moss of this log?
There's a good chance... and the log holds many other marvels to sidetrack the hiker.