Monthly Archives: May 2011

Crazy Eights

When Noah Charney and I give a presentation about invertebrate tracks and sign, we like to spend a little time staring at the outside walls of the venue and see what we can find there.  The wall at yesterday’s talk … Continue reading

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A Flurry of Emergences

I had four different insects emerge (or try to emerge) yesterday, and I think I’ll just show them all here rather than make four different posts. First, to follow up on my last post, another Tischeria quercitella mine yielded an … Continue reading

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Leafminer Parasitoid

The image across the top of my blog is a leaf mine of Tischeria quercitella (Tischeriidae), a moth, in an oak leaf.  The whitish area is the mine, and the brownish streaks are excrement* smeared on the underside of the … Continue reading

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Bee Burrows

About the same time that I first saw the feather-legged orbweaver’s web in the stone wall by my back door, I noticed some little burrows in the sandy soil between the stones.  Some of them were simple, roundish, 2 mm … Continue reading

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Spider vs. Spider

Recently a feather-legged orbweaver (Uloborus glomosus) set up its web in a space in the stone wall by my back door.  These spiders aren’t very common in New England in my experience–I had to go all the way to Mississippi … Continue reading

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Early Leafminers

On a walk in the Mount Holyoke Range on April 18, I came across a patch of golden ragwort (Senecio aureus) with many linear mines in the young leaves.  These are the only leaf mines I have seen so far … Continue reading

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Scrub Oak Swellings

On March 19 I walked up a hill in my town called Mount Lincoln.  When I got to the top I remembered why I never go there; like many high points around here it is denuded by an access road, … Continue reading

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