Category Archives: Solved Mysteries

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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A Hard-won Moth

You may recall that last spring I wrote a series of three posts that each highlighted something I hoped people would keep an eye out for; the last of these was a moth whose life history I had pieced together … Continue reading

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Mailbag

People regularly send me photos of mystery objects and other bug-related phenomena to see if I recognize them. Often I’m able to respond with a precise (or approximate) identification, and that’s the end of it. Other times I’m intrigued by the … 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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A Complete Guide to Things That Eat Sea Lavender

Before I get started here, I wanted to point a few things out: 1. If you have an email subscription to this blog, I highly recommend clicking on the title rather than just reading the version that shows up in … Continue reading

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Bunchberry Squiggler Unmasked!

You may recall that back in September, I wrote about some mysterious squiggles radiating from the bases of bunchberry leaves: I rambled on about how I thought they must be caused by a species of Antispila (Heliozelidae), but not A. freemani, the … Continue reading

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Buckeye Petiole Borer

Back in May, I posted a mystery I had encountered a week earlier involving caterpillars boring in petioles of Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra). I’ll copy and paste the relevant photos below, but for explanations you can check out the original post. … Continue reading

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Monthly Mystery #17: A Mystery in Reverse

Normally with natural history mysteries, there is some unexplained object or pattern that I wonder about until I stumble across an answer in the literature, or failing that, I eventually manage to locate or raise the organism that is responsible.  But … Continue reading

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Monthly Mystery #12: Sea Lavender Miners

I’ve just arrived on Nantucket, where this weekend I’ll be presenting at the 5th Biennial Nantucket Biodiversity Research Conference about my multi-year survey of gall-making and leaf-mining insects on the island.  So for this month’s mystery, I thought I’d feature a … Continue reading

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Jujube Tubes, Part 2

Two days after I posted his photos and suggested that examining the exuviae at the ends of the tubes might help to solve the mystery, Judhajit Dasgupta reported back to me: Following your cue I had searched the plant and I … Continue reading

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