Monthly Archives: June 2013

Fairy Moth

The day before yesterday, at UMass Boston’s Nantucket Field Station, I saw my very first fairy moth (Adelidae), something I’ve been hoping to do for a long time.  Unfortunately, it flew away before I could get my camera out.  But … Continue reading

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Sawfly Art

As soon I was done watching the molting spider yesterday, I turned around and saw this unusual pattern on a black cherry leaf: On close inspection, I saw (as you can plainly see at this level of magnification) that this pattern … Continue reading

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Molting Orchard Orbweaver

This afternoon in the Nantucket State Forest I met an orchard orbweaver (Tetragnathidae: Leucauge venusta) that was just completing the process of sliding out of its old skin, which was hanging from a thread and twisting in the breeze.  I … Continue reading

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Larvae Raining From Pine Trees

One afternoon last week I came home from work, and when I got out of the car I found it had already accumulated a large number of wriggling white larvae, which were dropping onto it from the white pine tree … Continue reading

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Monthly Mystery #7: Clothesline Egg Sacs

On page 43 of Tracks & Sign of Insects, I included a photo of “a mysterious and very common egg sac, almost certainly of a long-jawed orbweaver (Tetragnathidae).”  Here is another example, showing the full length of the “clothesline” from which … Continue reading

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