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Monthly Mystery #7: Clothesline Egg Sacs

On page 43 of Tracks & Sign of Insects, I included a photo of “a mysterious and very common egg sac, almost certainly of a long-jawed orbweaver (Tetragnathidae).”  Here is another example, showing the full length of the “clothesline” from which … Continue reading

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Egg on a Leaf-footed Bug

On March 17, the night before embarking on the southeastern road trip from which my car has yet to return, I noticed a tachinid fly egg on the head of a Western Conifer Seed Bug (Coreidae: Leptoglossus occidentalis) in my bathroom. … Continue reading

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Adventures in Alabama

(This post turned out to be a bit more long and rambling than I intended.  I won’t be offended if you just skip through and look at the pretty pictures.) It was all going so well until we pulled into … Continue reading

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Goldenrod Rosette Galls, Part 3

Last August I mentioned I was heading off to do some work in Maine and that I might bump into some more of the seaside goldenrod rosette galls that were only known from a single example I had collected on … Continue reading

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Flies from a Goldenrod Leaf

As part of my survey of gall-making and leaf-mining species of Nantucket last summer, I collected a number of Elliott’s goldenrod (Solidago latissimifolia) leaves with mines like this one: Beginning three days later, agromyzid flies emerged from these mines over … Continue reading

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Life in an Old Phoebe Nest

Thanks for all the suggestions of places to go in the Southeast! I’ve got some good leads and a number of generous offers from people I’ve never met. Meanwhile, I’ve made it to the end of last May in my … Continue reading

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Some Sedge Bugs

On April 5 I wandered onto a sunny knoll to see if I could find any leafminers in the various plants with new or overwintering basal leaves.  I found several, one of which was a moth larva in a woodland … Continue reading

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