Monthly Archives: October 2012

Halloween Bugs

Two weeks ago on Mary’s Peak in Oregon’s Coast Range, Julia and I found a couple of these caterpillars sporting a striking Halloween color scheme: A quick internet search for “orange and black caterpillar” revealed them to be larvae of … 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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Beautiful Bristletail

I’ve landed in soggy Portland, Oregon for the night, after a blissfully rain-free week or so in the temperate rainforest of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.  Julia (my traveling companion) and I retreated to the warmth and dryness of a friend’s apartment … Continue reading

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