Monthly Archives: August 2013

Beggarticks Stem Dwellers

Last August, on one of my visits to Nantucket for my survey of gall-making and leaf-mining insects on the island, I spotted a conspicuous gall that was new to me, in a beggarticks (Asteraceae: Bidens) stem. I broke off the stem … Continue reading

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A most bizarre and mysterious cocoon

Originally posted on Why Evolution Is True:
by Matthew Cobb This bizarre photo was posted the other day on reddit’s “whatsthisbug” subreddit by Decapod73, with the following information: “Seriously, who makes egg cases like this? Just under 2cm across, Southern…

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Mad-Dog Skullcap Moth

I recently spent a month conducting grueling fieldwork in the swamps of southeastern Massachusetts.  As I fought my way through endless thickets of sweet pepperbush and greenbrier, I occasionally paused to collect leaf mines that were new to me.  On … Continue reading

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Monthly Mystery #9: Groovy Decay

I’m sure few people will recognize that the title of this post was taken from Robyn Hitchcock’s second solo album, but it seemed appropriate nonetheless. Several weeks ago, I collected some quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides) leaves to try to raise … Continue reading

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