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.

Things To Look For This Spring, Part 3

First, a quick update on the hackberry galls: Mike Palmer has found a bunch of them in Oklahoma, and in fact they may already all have been abandoned there. Some of them have holes near the base, and others have … Continue reading

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Things To Look For This Spring, Part 2

Another thing on my wish list for this spring is a leaf-mining lauxaniid fly larva. The Lauxaniidae are very common flies, with over 150 species occurring in North America, yet as far as I know there are no common names … Continue reading

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Things To Look For This Spring, Part 1

I have a pretty much endless mental list of natural history mysteries that I would like to follow up on at some point, but there are several that, for various reasons, are in the front of my mind right now. A few of … Continue reading

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More Fun With Scuttle Flies

The first days of April have brought January weather to my region and the January issue of Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington to my mailbox. The latter includes descriptions of a new species of gall wasp that has recently … Continue reading

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Another Lep in the Living Room

It probably won’t surprise anyone who reads this blog when I say that any bug that shows up in my house becomes a potential photo subject (not just big, flashy, unseasonable butterflies). So last week when a little (~7 mm), … Continue reading

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First Grasshopperlets of Spring

Back on September 12, Julia was transplanting some strawberry plants when she came across this cluster of 5-mm eggs in the soil: I was pretty sure they were grasshopper eggs, but I figured we might as well find out what … Continue reading

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Updates On Some Mystery Moths

This month’s issue of the Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society includes an article of mine* discussing two leaf-mining moths I’ve written about here previously. The first is an oak-mining eriocraniid that I had expected to be Dyseriocrania griseocapitella when I collected the … Continue reading

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