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Overwintering Oak Galls

Last October I spotted a couple of tiny, pearl-like cynipid wasp galls on the underside of a fallen white oak (Quercus alba) leaf. I stuck the leaf in a plastic bag to see if anything would emerge in the spring. … 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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Gall Wasp Parasitoid

Greetings from sunny Davis, California!  Although I’m on a quest for leaf-mining insects, it’s hard not to get distracted by the diversity of bizarre cynipid wasp galls on the various oaks around here.  Today I got to see a torymid … Continue reading

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Graminoids & Galls

Last week while conducting a natural resource inventory on Swan’s Island, off the coast of Maine, I got to explore a nice big bog. It had no pitcher plants or leatherleaf, which are plants I normally think of as being … 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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Hickory Midge Galls

I just stepped out to grab a couple of oak leaves to feed some sawfly larvae that I’m accidentally raising, and on the way I peeked under a hickory branch that was jutting out over the road, and discovered a … Continue reading

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Oak Apples & Plums

In the final hours before our deadline, as we finished up the introduction to Tracks & Sign of Insects, Noah threw in this sentence: “We no doubt missed many things and probably misidentified a few.”  I knew the first part was … Continue reading

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Ant-attracting Galls

A few months ago I mentioned that Hurricane Irene had brought down some interesting galls from the treetops, and I’m just now getting to that point in my photo sorting.  There was one spot in the woods where the freshly … Continue reading

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The Tiniest Moths

I first mentioned the moth family Nepticulidae a couple of months ago when musing about the feathery wings of the tiniest insects.  I included this photo, which shows the first adult nepticulid I ever encountered–this past July, on my bedroom … Continue reading

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Ovipositors

In one of my first posts, I wrote about some goldenrod rosette galls I collected and the things that were emerging from them.  I pointed out how this female torymid wasp could be recognized by her long ovipositor, which allows her to insert … Continue reading

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