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.

Pseudoscorpion

This morning next to the bathroom sink I spotted what at first glance appeared to be a tick with unusually long front legs. I took a closer look, and was overjoyed to see that it was in fact a pseudoscorpion–a … Continue reading

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Monthly Mystery #17: A Mystery in Reverse

Normally with natural history mysteries, there is some unexplained object or pattern that I wonder about until I stumble across an answer in the literature, or failing that, I eventually manage to locate or raise the organism that is responsible.  But … Continue reading

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Spring Moth

You may recall that last spring I found a sawfly larva eating a distinctive pattern in a black cherry leaf, and was going to try to raise it.  Well, on June 17 I noticed a tiny inchworm (about 2.5 mm long) … Continue reading

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More Firewood Dwellers

I’ve been splitting a lot of firewood lately, and every once in a while I hit a log just right to reveal something interesting inside.  Everything shown below came from red maple, just as the beetles and wasps shown here … Continue reading

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Leafminers Awaken!

As I mentioned, on February 25 all the overwintering bugs got taken out of the fridge, and last night’s check of all the vials revealed the first two emergences.  They both happen to have come from leaf mines in the … Continue reading

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An Update and a Fancy Moth

First, an update on the mystery from the other day. I showed that post to Andy Hamilton, and in the meantime Lee managed to find some occupied tubes, and the upshot is that they are indeed the work of spittlebugs … Continue reading

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Monthly Mystery #16: Tubes on Silver Raisin

Yesterday a friend forwarded me this photo that had been posted to the “Southern Africa Butterflies, Bugs, Bees and other small things” Facebook group to see if I had a clue what it was.  At first, I didn’t.  The photographer, … Continue reading

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February Moth

The night before last, as I was brushing my teeth, I caught the twirling of a little antenna out of the corner of my eye.  I turned so see this 5.5-mm moth perched on the bathroom wall: As you can … Continue reading

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Alpine Excursions

Yesterday a beautiful wolf spider I posted to BugGuide nearly four years ago finally got identified: Arctosa alpigena (Lycosidae). Although it was quite a while ago, I clearly remember taking that picture.  I was standing on a cold, blustery ridge of … Continue reading

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A Closer Look

I’m working on a little paper summarizing observations I’ve made of leaf-mining chrysomelid beetles, and this has caused me to spend some time scanning through a few years’ worth of photos. One of the species involved is Odontota scapularis, which specializes … Continue reading

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