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.

Is it just me…

…or does this jumping spider look like it’s driving a truck, with its left hand on the wheel and its right arm dangling lazily out the window? It had taken up residence in a dragonfly naiad’s shed skin along the … Continue reading

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Walnut Caterpillars

Last August I was invited to the Polly Hill Arboretum on Martha’s Vineyard to give a presentation about my insect research on Nantucket. After the slideshow I led a walk around the arboretum in search of insect tracks and signs. … Continue reading

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Sunflower Tortoise Beetles

Another one of my winter projects, of course, is sorting through all of my photos from last year. So far I’ve made it up to July 15, when Julia and I had just arrived in Iowa to explore some prairie … Continue reading

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Progress Report

Today I reached a major milestone in my leafminer book project: I’ve now made keys to the known leaf mines on every plant genus in the US and Canada. To do this, I had to review the published natural history information … Continue reading

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Virginia Creeper Weevils, Revisited

You may recall that last year I wrote about an interesting weevil I found one day while at work in some horrible swamp in southeastern Massachusetts. Or rather, what I found were pairs of mysterious yellow larvae mining side by … Continue reading

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Introducing Megaselia nantucketensis

In my ongoing survey of gallmakers and leafminers on the island of Nantucket, I have been trying where possible to verify the identities of these insects by actually rearing them to adults. And so in May of 2012, I collected … Continue reading

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Silk on Stink Bug Eggs, Part 2

In my last post I wrote about a little wasp in Mexico that apparently spins silk over stink bug eggs after it inserts its own eggs inside them. Several people had told me confidently that it was a pteromalid, so I … Continue reading

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