Monthly Archives: December 2012

Some Sedge Bugs

On April 5 I wandered onto a sunny knoll to see if I could find any leafminers in the various plants with new or overwintering basal leaves.  I found several, one of which was a moth larva in a woodland … Continue reading

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Coelidia olitoria: A Retrospective

Today Andy Hamilton of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has been busily working through photos of leafhoppers (Cicadellidae) and related insects on BugGuide.net and leaving comments with identifications (100+ comments today as of this writing).  One of these was to confirm that … Continue reading

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Big, Beautiful Parasitoids

As illustrated by my last post, I’ve resumed working my way through sorting my old photos and have now made it up to this past April.  On April 18, a wasp emerged from a small “oak apple” gall I had … Continue reading

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Overwintering Oak Galls

Last October I spotted a couple of tiny, pearl-like cynipid wasp galls on the underside of a fallen white oak (Quercus alba) leaf. I stuck the leaf in a plastic bag to see if anything would emerge in the spring. … Continue reading

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Midges from Desert Blooms

Well, I’ve just finished the fifth of the ten reports I have to submit by the end of the year, so I suppose I can afford to pause for a moment and fill you in on some breaking news in … Continue reading

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Monthly Mystery #1: Pine Needle Bananas

I’m continually impressed by the collective knowledge of the readers of this blog–identifying mystery plants, recognizing the face of a walkingstick nymph, and so on. So I’ve decided to start a monthly feature wherein I post a nagging natural history … Continue reading

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