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.

In Search of the Lost Sawfly

Greetings to everyone who subscribed to this blog after my recent post about the inhabitants of a clump of sod in my front lawn! This one will take us a little farther afield. As most of you know, I’ve been … Continue reading

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Life in a Cubic Foot of My Lawn

Late last March, I noticed some neatly cut goldenrod stems in my lawn. Or I should say, what used to be my lawn; five years earlier, it was a “proper” lawn (shown here), but it is now more of a meadow, … Continue reading

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How Many New Species?

I am often asked how many new insect species I have found (or “discovered”). I’m never quite sure how to answer this. I’ve certainly reared dozens of undescribed species of moths, for instance, that are now sitting in my office … Continue reading

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The Long-Lost Snow Fly

This morning as we were shoveling the season’s first snowfall from our driveway, I wondered aloud whether this would be the winter I finally get to see another one of those wingless crane flies, sometimes referred to as “snow flies” … Continue reading

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Discovering New Species Along the Driveway

In this photo from May 2015, I was celebrating our newly installed solar panel’s generation of its first kilowatt hour. But unbeknownst to me at the time, the photo also shows where I collected the type specimens of two new … Continue reading

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Introducing Phytosciara greylockensis

You know I’ve been way too busy when I let weeks go by without celebrating the publication of a new species description in a BugTracks post. Julia and I spent much of July exploring Michigan and Ontario (including visiting the … Continue reading

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Fellow Leaf Mine Enthusiasts

The other day I went out to pick some spinach for breakfast, and I noticed this fly resting on one of the leaves: This is a lauxaniid fly in the Minettia obscura species group, which I recognize mostly by the orange-tinted … Continue reading

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