Monthly Archives: October 2011

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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Kleptoparasite

This morning was a good time for insect photography–it was chilly enough that a lot of things that normally would have jumped, flown, or scurried away were sluggish enough that they let me get my lens right in their faces … Continue reading

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Acorn Pip Galls

Last month Noah Charney, Sydne Record, and I spent four days surveying the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts for galls, leaf mines, and other species-specific invertebrate signs.  The Nantucket Biodiversity Initiative had put out a request for proposals for research that … 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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More Drama by the Back Door

This spring I wrote about a feather-legged orbweaver that subdued a jumping spider in the stone wall by my back door.  Around the same time, while I was watching the sweat bees digging their burrows in the soil between the … 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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