Monthly Archives: November 2013

Two-year Gall

This may be a pretty generic-looking gall wasp (Cynipidae), but it has an interesting history.  My first visit to Nantucket, in September 2011, was an intensive four-day survey with Noah Charney and Sydne Record in which we documented as many … Continue reading

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Sweater-wearing Springtail

One of the nice byproducts of rearing leafminers is that in checking the vials every day, I get to see some interesting tiny bugs I never would have seen otherwise (in addition to the actual leafminers and their parasitoids).  There … Continue reading

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Oak Slug

On June 23, 2012, I was working in northern Maine when I noticed some leaf mines I didn’t recognize on a red oak (Quercus rubra) sapling.  I paused to photograph them, and within a few minutes it was raining.  While … Continue reading

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Wood Anemone Caterpillar

In April 2012, I noticed some sawfly leaf mines on wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia) that I knew had not been documented before, so I collected some to try and rear them. One plant had so many mines that I decided … Continue reading

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More Mallow Miners

A few weeks ago I wrote about a mystery plant from Arizona that I suspected was a mallow because of its leaf mines and the fly that had emerged from one of them.  Among the few responses I got, there … Continue reading

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Fall Cleaning

The November before last I posted a picture of some wasp larvae a friend had found in the burrow of a wood-boring beetle larva while whittling by a campfire.  The following May, I posted photos of the adult pteromalids.  I suppose it was … Continue reading

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Magnolia Green Jumper

Another fancy bug from Florida… This magnolia green jumper (Salticidae: Lyssomanes viridis) was more concerned with crunching some tasty red morsel into a pulp than with running away from my lens, so I managed some decent shots: There’s something a … Continue reading

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