Monthly Archives: September 2013

Arizona Bugs, part 2

If I had to pick a favorite spot out of all the places we explored on our two-and-a-half-month road trip last fall, it would be Madera Canyon in southern Arizona.  The scenery there isn’t particularly eye-catching; in fact, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Arizona Bugs

In my photo sorting I’m now up to early November of last year, when Julia and I spent a day at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument at the southern edge of Arizona.  Although we found some interesting leafminers there, what … Continue reading

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More Manzanita Markings

Continuing to make my way through photos I took in northern California last October, I just came across these shots of the trunk of a gnarled old manzanita (Arctostaphylos).  The remaining bark looks as if someone poured melted red wax … Continue reading

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Mystery Moth from a Mystery Plant

I’m not sure if I ever mentioned it explicitly, but the reason I spent two and a half months last fall exploring the western US, and another month this spring exploring the southeast, is that I’m working on a new … Continue reading

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Hackberry Midge Galls Revisited

In yesterday’s mail I was pleasantly surprised to find a copy of Raymond J. Gagné’s new paper on hackberry gall midges*.  As promised, I am following up with more information on the galls pictured in this post from two years ago. … Continue reading

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Lawnhoppers

Yesterday I went out to my lawn looking for a photographic subject on which to finish running down my flash batteries so I could take them out and recharge them.  The most conspicuous insects there were tiny, hopping black ones … Continue reading

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Cribellate Spiders, and Some More Thoughts on that Mysterious Thing from Peru

Photos of this intricate silken structure, to which I shared my immediate reactions here, have been spread around sufficiently that it’s pretty clear nobody (at least nobody with access to the internet) knows what made it. I did have another thought or … Continue reading

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