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.

Eggshells

On Monday I spotted these little eggshells on a tall blue lettuce (Lactuca biennis) plant growing under the black cherry (Prunus serotina) tree in my yard: There aren’t many insect eggs I would identify to species with confidence, but these … Continue reading

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Sharing the Fruit Trees

Periodically I am asked how to get rid of some bug or another. If I am giving a public talk, I want to reply, “have you not been paying attention to anything I’ve said for the past hour?” If the … Continue reading

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Complete leafminer guide now available!

This weekend I finished the first edition of my Leafminers of North America e-book—1857 pages long (plus a 54-page table of contents, 20-page glossary, and 68-page bibliography), and illustrated with thousands of color photographs. To purchase it or learn more about … Continue reading

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More charismatic megafauna

Although this blog is mostly devoted to tiny, obscure insects, once in a while I encounter something big and conspicuous that seems worth sharing. And so today I find myself writing a second consecutive post without any leafminers in it—though … Continue reading

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Another denizen of my lawn

I often write about the diversity of invertebrates that dwell in our unkempt yard, from the leafminers that colonized the first wildflower that popped up in the middle of it to the three dozen species that emerged from a shovelful … Continue reading

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Life in a Pinch of Duckweed

Five years ago, in June 2014, I was conducting a natural resource inventory for the Maine Coast Heritage Trust on a property in Perry, Maine (just across Passamaquoddy Bay from New Brunswick), when I came across this interesting little wetland: … Continue reading

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Spring Beauty Visitors

Narrow-leaved spring beauty (Claytonia virginica) is a rare species where I live, listed as Endangered by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program. So it was a treat to spend the past week in Ohio, where in some places … Continue reading

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