Author Archives: Charley Eiseman

About Charley Eiseman

I am a freelance naturalist, endlessly fascinated by the interconnections of all the living and nonliving things around me. I am the lead author of Tracks & Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates (Stackpole Books, 2010), and continue to collect photographs and information on this subject. These days I am especially drawn to galls, leaf mines, and other plant-insect interactions.

Life in a Monkeyflower Stem

I’m slowly making my way through all the photos I took this year, and I just finished August 6. That was the day of Julia’s family’s annual BioBlitz at Deep Woods Farm, their land in southeastern Ohio. A funny thing happened … Continue reading

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Acorn Weevils

It’s another mast year for red oak (Quercus rubra) in my neck of the woods, which means that for the past couple of weeks, large nuts have been raining down from the treetops, making it a little treacherous to go for … Continue reading

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Mailbag

People regularly send me photos of mystery objects and other bug-related phenomena to see if I recognize them. Often I’m able to respond with a precise (or approximate) identification, and that’s the end of it. Other times I’m intrigued by the … Continue reading

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A Hidden Masterpiece

Last December, Jennifer Kleinrichert sent me this photo of a polka-dotted larva (prepupa) surrounded by an elaborate silken structure, wondering if I knew what it was: My response: I’m afraid I don’t know this one… I’ve seen a photo of something similar … Continue reading

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Bean Borer

Last August, Julia noticed a few holes in some string beans in the garden. One of holes had droppings pouring out of it, and we could see someone fuzzy inside. I opened this tunnel up for a better look at … Continue reading

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Birch Munchers, Large and Small

The woods behind our house were logged not long before we moved here, and as a result there are lots of black birch (Betula lenta) saplings around. Yesterday on my morning walk I spotted this amazing caterpillar eagerly devouring the … Continue reading

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Adapting to New Menu Options, Part 2

One of the reasons certain nonnative plants come to dominate the landscape is that they are released from the specialized insects and pathogens that keep them in check in their native range. So I’m always interested to see what insects … Continue reading

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