Monthly Archives: July 2011

Fly Eyes

I’m about two months behind in sorting my photos.  I just made it to the morning of June 1, when I was at a campground in Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Virginia. Here is one of the first faces … Continue reading

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Hanging Flies and Hangingflies

Three years ago in Noah Charney’s mother’s driveway, I spotted a long-legged insect hanging from the edge of a leaf.  I wondered if I had found a hangingfly (Bittacidae), which is not a true fly but a member of the … Continue reading

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Mind Control, Part 2

Okay, so it doesn’t look like that ant from last night’s post is going to be going back to its everyday worker ant life today.  It was in the same position at 8:00 this morning, and here’s what I found … Continue reading

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Mind Control

I love the feeling of seeing some strange thing I’ve never seen before and knowing just what’s going on.  So get this.  A few minutes ago I went out to pick a sprig of goldenrod to feed one of my … Continue reading

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Spider Parasitoids

When I was in Vermont recently, I collected a couple of round, white egg sacs with distinctive dark gray tufts.  My hope was to raise the spiderlings to adulthood and find out what species they are.  Something emerged from one … Continue reading

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A Close Call?

This evening I went for a short walk to collect some mosquitoes to feed the spiderlings I’m trying to raise.  On the way back I found these two insects standing perfectly still at the edge of a leaf: The wasp … Continue reading

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Dinner Music

This evening while on a walk I paused to look at some milkweed flowers, and an iridescent green jumping spider caught my eye.  She disappeared into the middle of the flower cluster, and as I was trying to figure out … Continue reading

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Tuliptree Leafminer

Eleven years ago I dug up a less than knee-high tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera) sapling from my friend’s yard in southern Connecticut and planted it in my parents’ front yard in Pelham, Massachusetts.  I live near this tree’s northern range limit, … Continue reading

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Grape Midge Galls

On June 13 a friend brought me some sprigs of her grape vine that were covered with succulent swellings.  They seemed like a good match for the drawing in Gagné (1989)* for Janetiella brevicauda, but this statement made me want to double-check: … Continue reading

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Sycamore Specialties, Part 2

In my last post, I wrote about case-bearing leaf beetle and green lacewing larvae that gather the trichomes from the undersides of sycamore leaves to make portable shelters. While I was taking pictures of the former, Noah was discovering a … Continue reading

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