Author Archives: Charley Eiseman

About Charley Eiseman

I am a freelance naturalist, endlessly fascinated by the interconnections of all the living and nonliving things around me. I am the lead author of Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates (Stackpole Books, 2010), and continue to collect photographs and information on this subject. These days I am especially drawn to galls, leaf mines, and other plant-insect interactions.

Smooching Salamanders

The other day I was perusing my folders of salamander photos to find some my sister-in-law could use in a slideshow. I came across the ones below, which I took in March 2004. They are maybe the worst photos I … Continue reading

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Monthly Mystery #23: A Frothy Balloon

Although unidentified leaf mines are the main mysteries occupying my mind lately, I don’t want y’all to get burned out on that topic, so I just spent a little time searching through my photo archives for something else to ponder. I … Continue reading

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Buckeye Petiole Borer

Back in May, I posted a mystery I had encountered a week earlier involving caterpillars boring in petioles of Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra). I’ll copy and paste the relevant photos below, but for explanations you can check out the original post. … Continue reading

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Monthly Mystery #22: Bunchberry Squiggles

Last week I was back in Maine to finish up work on the natural resource inventories I’ve been conducting there.  On Tuesday, some reddish lines radiating from bunchberry (Cornus canadensis / Chamaepericlymenum canadense) leaf bases caught my eye. The first set of … Continue reading

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Virginia Creeper Miners

A year ago today, I was finishing up several weeks of fighting my way through horrible thickets of sweet pepperbush and greenbrier in southeastern Massachusetts, where I was visiting pre-established plots to identify plants for the UMass CAPS project. I … Continue reading

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Monthly Mystery #21: Double Cocoons

On pages 219-220 of Tracks & Sign of Insects, I described the cocoon of Neurobathra strigifinitella (Gracillariidae) according to the account of Heinrich and DeGryse (1915)*. I then included a photo of a mysterious cocoon found on the underside of a sugar … Continue reading

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Nantucket Moths

As you have probably guessed, my lack of posts lately has been due not to my having run out of things to write about (I don’t think this could ever happen to someone who spends any time observing insects), but … Continue reading

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