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.

Introducing Scolioneura vaccinii

When Julia and I embarked on our big western road trip in search of leafminers in the fall of 2012, we kept encountering what appeared to be sawfly mines on Vaccinium species in western Washington. The plants are known as huckleberries … Continue reading

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Four Years of Bug Tracking

It was four years ago today that I started this blog, which has now amassed 456 subscribers (only two of whom are my parents!). I thought it would be interesting to take a look at what some of my most popular … Continue reading

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Taxonomist Appreciation Day

I just learned (from Terry Wheeler’s blog) that March 19 is Taxonomist Appreciation Day. I’m certainly feeling appreciative of taxonomists today, so I thought I’d add my two cents. If you follow this blog, you know that I spend a … Continue reading

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Quinquennial Snow Flea Session

After my “In Search of Snow Bugs” post a few days ago, Lang Elliott asked if I had any great pictures of snow fleas. I checked my files, and I found that my last attempt to photograph snow fleas on snow … Continue reading

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So, anybody recognize what we’re looking at here?

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In Search of Snow Bugs

It’s been a slow winter for bug photography. Partly because my main outdoor activity has been shoveling the driveway every couple of days, and then shoveling around all the baby fruit trees whose vole guards were overtopped by snow. And … Continue reading

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Spring is Coming!

…he said hopefully, from beneath several feet of snow, as the mercury struggled to rise above 0°F. Which is to say, the sedge leafminer I collected two months ago decided it was springy enough in my house to complete its … Continue reading

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