Weekly Puzzler #113

Happy Memorial Day weekend! I hope you are able to schedule some time this weekend to do something outside that you enjoy. Can you believe we’re only a few days away from JUNE? It’s amazing!

You still have a few weeks left to qualify for the drawing to win this quarter’s prize–to be given away on the first day of summer, June 21st. All you have to do is use the comment box below the puzzler to give your guess. All correct answers will be entered in the drawing. This month I will be giving away one of my new blank notebooks–which I sell at Kress Emporium in downtown Asheville for $14.95.

So then, let’s get to the puzzler!

Have you ever looked closely below the surface of a pond or stream? Ever played in the mud or used nets to grab leaves at the bottom? Did you find anything alive? Ever wonder what it was?

Lots of critters live in that mud!

Lots of critters live in that mud!

There is so much life in a body of water that most of us never see. I am about to have company for the next two weeks–my nieces and nephew will be visiting from Colorado–and one thing I can be sure of is that we’ll be looking for creatures in the pond in our front yard. When they were here two summers ago we spent a lot of time searching for salamanders and learning about the critters that live in the mud. You would be amazed at all of the animals we found!

So I thought I would kick off the weekend with a puzzler from deep under the water. This creature was found buried in the mud at the bottom of the pond. Do you know what it is? Does it look familiar? Have you ever seen one?


If you want to guess, use the comment box below. If you can identify it correctly, you will be entered in the next drawing. Good luck! Click HERE to see the answer.

And have a wonderful weekend! See you again soon.

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  1. Mark Troy May 31, 2016 at 7:18 am #

    dragonfly larvae?

    • Sharon Mammoser May 31, 2016 at 8:06 am #

      A very good guess! I can’t say for sure right now if you are correct… but check back on Saturday. Thanks for guessing!

  2. Nanci Fletcher May 31, 2016 at 11:58 am #

    Dragonfly larvae

    • Sharon Mammoser June 1, 2016 at 6:30 am #

      Nanci, Thanks for guessing! Check back on Saturday to see if your guess is correct…. until then, have a great week!

  3. Flo Byron June 1, 2016 at 7:56 am #


    • Sharon Mammoser June 3, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

      Hi Flo, thanks for guessing! You can find out tomorrow whether or not you’re right…. have a great day!

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