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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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Midges from Desert Blooms

Well, I’ve just finished the fifth of the ten reports I have to submit by the end of the year, so I suppose I can afford to pause for a moment and fill you in on some breaking news in … Continue reading

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Goldenrod Rosette Galls, Part 2

On September 8 last year, while conducting a survey of galls and leaf mines of Nantucket, Noah Charney, Sydne Record, and I came across this rosette gall on seaside goldenrod (Solidago sempervirens) at the west end of the island: As … Continue reading

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Bugs on Bluets

Yesterday afternoon I took a short walk before some much needed rain clouds settled over western Massachusetts.  I came to a patch of bluets (Houstonia caerulea), common wildflowers that often don’t seem to have much going on with them in … Continue reading

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Falls

The forecast for today was for 90°F in western Massachusetts, so I planned to go for a morning walk and then hide in the house for the rest of the day.  I was waylaid for a bit by the discovery … Continue reading

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Late Bloomer

This time of year I’m always on the lookout for witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) flowers.  One last burst of life before everything shuts down for the winter.  They usually start to appear in the middle of October, but this year … Continue reading

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Tiny Things With Frilly Wings

On a recent crawl through the woods near my house, a white and thoroughly nondescript bracket fungus caught my eye.  It was so plain-looking that I didn’t imagine I would ever know its name, but looking in George Barron’s Mushrooms … Continue reading

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Stinkhorns

Not far from the dead squirrel, I encountered something else that was attracting a lot of flies.  The smell was far more intense and unpleasant than from the squirrel parts, yet it wasn’t decomposing at all, but in the prime … Continue reading

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Disappearing Squirrel

Today I found some squirrel parts lying in the woods.  A red fox had killed a gray squirrel and had done a pretty good job eating it, leaving just the tail (left), the stomach (right, largely covered by a chunk … Continue reading

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