Banana slug (Garrett Nakamura)


Banana slug (Garrett Nakamura)

Throughout every habitat in Midpen preserves, invertebrates (animals without backbones) make up the largest number of animals, both in absolute numbers and diversity of species. From banana slugs slithering along the redwood forest floor to checkerspot butterflies fluttering through the sky and pollinating our native wildflowers, invertebrates are everywhere you look! 

Though invertebrates are often small, that does not mean that they are any less exciting than larger wildlife. They often have essential roles in our local ecosystems as decomposers and recyclers or even as food for larger wildlife. Learn more about the astounding diversity of invertebrates and insects that can be found throughout Midpen preserves. 

Invertebrate Species Spotlight

Get an in-depth look into some of the most iconic and unique invertebrate species that can be found in Midpen preserves. Click on a species to learn more about its habitat, habits and defining features. 

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