Monthly Archives: December 2013

Horse Balm Bugs

Back in September, Noah asked me if I had any interest in some galls he’d found on horse balm (Collinsonia canadensis), a native woodland mint that looks like this: He described them as “like giant butterfly eggs,” and the photo he … Continue reading

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Enchanter’s Nightshade Bugs

I should probably begin this post by introducing you to the featured plant, with which I think few people are familiar, despite its being right up there with bastard toadflax and mad-dog skullcap among the plants with the best common … Continue reading

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Space Debris

I just came across this photo from July.  It’s a bunch of stink bug hatchlings on a window, clustered around the eggs from which they hatched, viewed from the other side of the glass.  But the black background and white … Continue reading

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Sawfly Connections

It’s always satisfying to meet some strange new insect, only to discover that it is another life stage of a very familiar one.  This has happened to me twice now with sawflies. In early July, I photographed this sawfly in … Continue reading

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Monthly Mystery #13: Slant-lines and Lady’s Slippers

In May of 2009, I took this photo of a moth resting on a pink lady’s slipper in western Massachusetts and posted it on BugGuide.net: It was quickly identified as a “white slant-line” (Geometridae: Tetracis cachexiata)–a fitting common name–and I … Continue reading

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