Monthly Archives: May 2020

The Yard List(s), Part 8

You may recall that back in early April I said that this year I would be listing not just the leafminers and edible plants I find in my yard, but also the sawfly larvae. So ever since I spotted the Monoctenus … Continue reading

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The Yard List(s), Part 7

Last night I finished revising and updating the Lepidoptera chapter for the second edition of Leafminers of North America, and when I got to the end I was reminded that some species of Leucania (like the ill-fated one I wrote about … Continue reading

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The Yard List(s), Part 6

First of all, check out this lovely rhodora (Ericaceae: Rhododendron canadense): This is a shrub of bogs and other wet habitats that I don’t get to see very often—or didn’t until now. I picked this one up last fall at … Continue reading

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The Yard List(s), Part 5

Back on May 5, spring was cooking along; flowers were opening on the Virginia bluebells that I had completely forgotten we had planted among the ostrich ferns under the old apple tree last year. But a few days later we … Continue reading

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52 Wasp Pickup

Back on April 7, Noah stopped by to get some eggs and some seeds for his vegetable garden. Just as he arrived and Julia was walking up to meet him, she spotted a caterpillar with a tiny wasp on it. … Continue reading

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The Yard List(s), Part 4

May has started off with a string of beautiful, sunny days, and more new birds have been announcing their arrival each day. On the 1st it was the blue-headed vireo; on the 2nd a ruby-throated hummingbird joined the myriad bees, … Continue reading

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Sawfly Surprise

As I’ve mentioned a few times before, I’m starting to work on a hostplant-based guide to sawfly larvae that will be arranged similarly to my leafminer guide. In addition to reviewing the existing sawfly literature, I’ve been sporadically collecting larvae … Continue reading

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