Monthly Archives: April 2011

Blueberry Gall Wasps, Part 3

Yesterday, after still more wasps had emerged from my three blueberry galls, I decided to take them outside and try to get some shots of them in a natural habitat rather than on the usual piece of white paper.  After … Continue reading

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Oak Flake Galls

Last week while I was documenting a vernal pool for a client, I spotted a swamp white oak leaf that was covered with fuzzy brown galls, about 4 mm in diameter, on the underside.  I stuffed the leaf in a … Continue reading

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Blueberry Gall Wasps, Part 2

A little over a week ago, I showed a photo of one of two eurytomid parasitoids that had emerged from some blueberry stem galls I collected in December.  More little wasps have continued to trickle out of the two galls, … Continue reading

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Stalking Small Game

This morning I was taking pictures of a jumping spider in my yard, and when I paused to review the shots on my camera’s LCD (a necessary ritual when using my macro setup, since many of the pictures are over- … Continue reading

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Nutty Mysteries

Despite the way things might look, I’m in no way partial to invertebrates–there just happen to be more of them than anything else out there, so I’ve been giving them their due.  But today I’m deviating from the bug theme … Continue reading

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Waxy Whiteflies

In the summer of 2008 I was working as a field botanist for the UMass Landscape Ecology Lab, identifying all the plants in wetland plots throughout Massachusetts.  I kept coming across distinctive little waxy tufts on the undersides of arrowwood … Continue reading

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Blueberry Gall Wasps

Galls on blueberry twigs are a common sight in eastern North America.  They are caused by Hemadas nubilipennis, a tiny wasp in the family Pteromalidae.  Most members of this family, like the ones that emerged from my goldenrod rosette galls, are … Continue reading

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